AAP's Greatest Fear: Match fixed by Cong & Akalis in Punjab

Tuesday, February 07, 2017


After polling ended, the mood in the ruling SAD and BJP war rooms was sombre. But even the newbie Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) too did not exude the confidence it did before the polling day. This has surprised political pundits as post-poll calculations of many are still favouring AAP as the main player, though short of the majority mark of 59 seats. 

To win the war, the two traditional rivals may have even agreed to lose some prestige battles. A defeat from his citadel Lambi may not augur well for the CM nor for Sukhbir from Jalalabad. 

“Both the Congress and SAD-BJP know it would not be business as usual if AAP takes Punjab. As the two ruled Punjab alternately, the businesses of both Congress and SAD-BJP leaders have flourished. The AAP has also threatened to reopen corruption cases given a quiet burial by both Badal and Amarinder against each other,” Ashutosh Kumar, professor of political science at Panjab University, says.

The Dera Sacha Sauda, which had lifted SAD-BJP hopes in the last lap by announcing its support, could have caused a reverse swing on the penultimate day through word of mouth. Many believe the open declaration of support to SAD-BJP could be nothing more than “posturing”. 

The Dera vote to the SAD-BJP would have cut those of AAP and helped Congress indirectly. A direct support to the Congress, therefore, cannot be ruled out, party leaders say.

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