Hope, fear, and anger seem to be ruling the hearts in the backwood of Punjab as the state heads for election tomorrow. Post the demonetization drive the mood among its farmers is stern.
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has a strong support base in the State but factors such as drug trade, corruption, and unemployment may hit very close to them. As their government has been ruling from the last 10 years, anti-incumbency factor is prevailing. On the whole this time it will be difficult for Badal family to prove their dominance.
Congress has been a dominant party in the state but Memories of Operation Blue Star and the anti-Sikh riots following the assassination of Indira Gandhi in 1984, Continue to sway votes in the politics of Sikh identity. This might explain the continuing support for the Akali Dal despite major issues.
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)
AAP may prove to be a dark horse in the election as the party is able to gather a huge support with them. The district voted for AAP contestant Bhagwant Mann in the General Elections.
All eyes are now on March 11 when the election result will be declared.
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