The Shromani Akali Dal (SAD) led alliance in Punjab is ecstatic about their victory in the Chandigarh civic elections along with their alliance partners, the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP). The Congress was swept away in this election and fared very badly. They believe that this is an indication of what the upcoming Punjab election holds for them.
Many politicians and journalists are touting this victory to be very important considering that this is one of the first elections fought after the demonetization of the Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes. This election victory is being touted as a victory for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policy of demonetization. However, many local politicians and journalists cutting across political lines believe that the Aam Admi Party (AAP) is on course to form the next government in Punab on their own. They say that Mr. Kejriwal’s popularity and his stellar performance and uncompromising positions are making him a favourite.
Barring one exit poll, all exit polls are showing a clear victory for the AAP. The Congress is said to come a distant second and the SAD an abysmal fourth. Mr. Kejriwal, it seems is the only person who seems to be providing an alternative for clean governance in Punjab.
Corruption, unemployment and the growing drug menace are being cited as the main problems of Punjab and voters believe that the Congress, SAD and BJP have played a major role in propogating all three. There have been no tangible steps taken by the major parties in the last two decades to curb the menace of drugs. This has also led to many terrorists entering India through the drug smuggling routes and has caused terrorist attacks like the one at Pathankot Air Force base.
The AAP seems to be on course to win over 50% of the vote share of the state. AAP seems to e confident of bettering its Delhi assembly election performance. An internal survey conducted by them has given them 96 seats. If this is true, established parties are in for a rude shock and a jarring halt to the juggernaut of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.