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Devan Goyal, MBA 2016-18, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
Punjab is going to witness a battle among the three main parties on February 4 for 117 seats, where to judge the winner is a very difficult task. The entrance of AAP has further enhanced the competition which was earlier being faced by SAD-BJP alliance and Congress.
All the three parties have facing some controversies within that adds more to unpredictability of a result. AAP has performed very well in Punjab in 2014, as a fact they were seemed unbeatable but then the party faced lot of blows within such as corruption charges on activists, corruption in ticket allocation etc. Along with that people are fighting among each other that started building hurdles for the party. SAD-BJP alliance has so far been going strong as for the first time in history of Punjab, party was re-elected by the people. The problem with this alliance is that they are facing anti-incumbency of the past decade such as charges of corruption, allegations on patronizing drug cartels etc. Congress is taking advantage of the negative popularity being faced by other two parties. Also as we know last time Amarinder Singh winning over Arun jaitely and so this congress is taking advantage of this.
So, there has been lot of unpredictability in coming elections. All these parties are following a course that are leaving all the voters confused about to whom they should vote in order to exercise their right to franchise.