AAP’s great debut in Chandigarh City Corporation elections sent notice to Parliament and BJP about upcoming council elections in Punjab next year. The AAP won 14 of the 35 seats, pushing the BJP to second and Congress to third. This is the first election in northern India since the BJP government at the Center repealed three agricultural laws that sparked a year-long farmers’ protest. While Punjab’s government parliament hopes to benefit from farmers’ agitation, the AAP could also produce a surprise in the state’s polls.
However, the biggest downside of AAP is that it doesn’t have a strong pan-Punjab side. And with some farmers’ unions plunging themselves into politics, the party may not get the rural votes it expected. Meanwhile, Punjab politics has become crowded with former prime minister Amarinder Singh launching his own political party and affiliated with the BJP. On the other hand, the Congress also cannot be taken into account despite the party’s internal affairs.
However, AAP Director Arvind Kejriwal’s promise to bring the public healthcare and education model in Delhi to Punjab is gaining traction. As a result, a really hard-hitting competition in Punjab can cause a lot of surprises, including a suspended contest. With the Chandigarh win, AAP is definitely emerging as a strong contender.
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