Punjab Elections 2017: In Punjab, Legislative Assembly elections are expected to be held in 2017, before the end of the current tenure of the ruling coalition of Shiromani Akali Dal – Bharatiya Janata Party alliance led by Parkash Singh Badal. Sidhu, who quit his Rajya Sabha seat and the BJP, formed a non-political outfit Awaaz-e-Punjab but is yet to align with any party. Earlier, he was speculated to join the AAP that did not materialise.
Arvind Kejriwal believed that Navjot Singh Sidhu should join the Aam Aadmi Party and expected that “the party should get 96 (117) seats in the upcoming Punjab Assembly elections”.
Speaking to ABP News, the Delhi CM said that AAP is in consultations with the former BJP leader who had earlier hit out at Kejriwal during his political front launch saying the Delhi CM had asked him to campaign for the party and instead of which his wife would be made a minister.
According to one of the answers in Quora, the points which are covered as follows, There is absolutely no chance for SAD-BJP Alliance in Punjab. Only AAP has the best chance to win Punjab. Congress can win a few seats, but the majority will be for AAP. This is due to many reasons. Meanwhile, Congress, which is seeking to wrest power after a decade of the political wilderness, is trying to strengthen its position and also sees Sidhu as an effective campaigner who could add more punch in reaching out to people at a time when AAP is keeping it on tenterhooks.
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- Inefficiency and anti-incumbency of Badal Government.
- Drugs and corruption problem due to Badal’s Government.
- AAP has become a very good alternative because of the Delhi Good Governance.
- Congress image is very down in Punjab right now due to their internal fights between PK and Captain Amended.
- The popularity of AAP among Sikhs and NRI.
- Almost every News survey giving the majority to AAP like C-Voter, India Trending News (ITN), etc.
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So in the opinion of the quora answer, AAP should be able to garner many votes in Punjab, and we will certainly see the Deja Vu of Delhi in Punjab. Current political situation in Punjab is indeed complex. Moreover, predicting about 2017 assembly results now is too early as political scenarios can change in the matter of day or week. However, I will try to give you a brief insight on current issues in Punjab politics.
As you already may know, there are three big contenders in Punjab i.e. AAP, SAD+BJP alliance and INC. SAD + BJP alliance is really in bad shape nowadays. Being in power, an alliance is facing anti-incumbency too. Following are the factors which are going to affect elections in Punjab. Note: The above published information is from ABP News, Zee News websites and Quora.