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Capt. Amarinder to be Congress chief ministerial face in Punjab

Punjab in full election mode
  • The Election Commission (EC) rolled out a special campaign on September 7 to ensure all eligible voters are accounted.
  • Punjab's population is at 2.95 crore; the coverage of age group of 18-19 years is only 95,022 against an estimate of 11,50,357 eligible voters.
  • Assembly elections will be held in Punjab in the last week of January or the first week February next year.

  • Assembly seats and parties in power
  • The Punjab state assembly has 117 seats. Elections held in 2012 saw Shiromani Akali Dal (Akali Dal) win 58 seats, the Congress won 44 and the BJP won 12.
  • Amongst the three parties, in 2012, Congress had the largest vote share of 39.92 %.
  • In Punjab, the Akali Dal-BJP alliance has been in power for two terms and is battling anti-incumbency sentiment.

  • Punjab Elections: A four-way contest?
    Traditionally, Punjab elections have been fought between two rivals: Akali Dal and Congress. AAP entered the fray and appeared to be gaining traction. This looked like a three-way-contest but now AAP's former Convenor Sucha Singh Chottepur also announced his intention to form a new party.

    Congress Strategy and candidates
  • Congress is in power in only seven states. It has undergone a major-overhaul given the high stakes for the upcoming state elections.
  • In 2012, Congress faced a massive internal rebellion and was spurned by voters for its 'inaccessible' image.
  • This time, Congress has aggressively connected with the grassroot to woo voters.
  • Amarinder Singh is expected to be Congress's CM candidate in Punjab.

  • Akali Dal and BJP alliance holds steady
  • Akali Dal and BJP (AD-BJP) have decided to contest the 2017 assembly elections together.
  • Battling palpable anti-incumbency sentiment, Akali Dal has aggressively revamped its social-media strategy to take on Congress and AAP.
  • The AD-BJP alliance was pointedly targeted by AAP on Punjab's drug menace and development issues.
  • Akali Dal has now hired media experts to tackle the "perception problem" that arose due to AAP.

  • AAP takes a few hits in Punjab
    What transpired?
  • Initially considered a serious challenger to Akali Dal and Congress, a survey suggested AAP would comfortably win a majority.
  • However, the arrests of AAP ministers in Delhi has impacted its reputation in Punjab as well.
  • AAP's impulsive inclusion of Navjyot Singh Sidhu and abrupt expulsion of Sucha Singh, has dented its credibility.
  • Two weeks ago, Kejriwal was berated by protesters at Ludhiana railway station.

  • Chhotepur floats his own party in Punjab
    02 Oct 2016
  • AAP Punjab's former convenor Sucha Singh Chhotepur announced the formation of his new political party called the Apna Punjab Party.
  • He stated that his party would contest the upcoming Punjab elections.
  • He also called upon other political outfits in Punjab including Sidhu's Awaz-e-Punjab to fight AAP.
  • He added that if Sidhu doesn't respond, he would form an alliance with like-minded parties.

  • Sidhu join Congress, Gurkanwal Kaur joins BJP
    15 Jan 2017
  • Navjot Singh Sidhu joined Congress today, after his meeting with Rahul Gandhi a short while ago.
  • In another news, daughter of former Punjab CM Beant Singh, Gurkanwal Kaur joined the BJP saying she felt "suffocated on being neglected by the Congress."
  • She added that she "was impressed and inspired with the policies of PM," and was "unconditionally joining the BJP as a ground-level worker."

  • Capt. Amarinder to be Congress chief ministerial face in Punjab
    27 Jan 2017
  • Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi declared Capt. Amarinder Singh as Congress's chief ministerial candidate in the upcoming Punjab assembly elections.
  • Pointing to Capt. Amarinder Singh, Gandhi said, "The chief minister of Punjab will be from the state itself. And he is sitting right here."
  • The state of Punjab will go to polls on 5th February, 2017.

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