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Coalition Mission Punjab: Political parties working on manipulation for absolute majority in Punjab assembly elections

Punjab Tribune Bureau | February 23, 2022 01:00 PM

CHANDIGARH: After the completion of the voting process for the Punjab Assembly elections, political parties are waiting for the results. Political parties and election analysts are also shying away from commenting this time after low turnout and farmers' agitation. However, this time instead of majority in the state, speculations are being made about the coalition government.

 

Political parties are also seen working on the same formula. The Shiromani Akali Dal, led by the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party, is mulling a manipulative formula to form the government. The current political climate suggests that at present the aim of the traditional parties, including the BJP, is to go to any extent to form the government.

 

This is the reason why the news of the SAD-BJP alliance has started. The leaders of both parties have started advocating for a political alliance again if needed. On election day, after Akali leader Bikram Singh Majithia hinted at reuniting with the BJP, BJP president Ashwini Sharma hinted at going to any lengths to form the government. Union Home Minister Amit Shah has since expressed similar support.

 

In fact, the BJP has also started positioning itself as a major player in the elections following the alleged assurances of a large number of Sikh leaders to the camps. There is talk of a five-cornered contest between the ruling Congress, the main opposition Aam Aadmi Party, the Shiromani Akali Dal-BSP alliance, the BJP-led Punjab Lok Congress and the Akali Dal (United) alliance and the United Social Front, a party formed during the elections. Is.

 

Apart from this, the recent support extended to Simranjit Singh Mann from Amargarh assembly constituency and the sympathy extended to the candidates of Mann Dal on the death of actor and activist Deep Sidhu are being seen as a sudden emergence.

 

The main reason for the fresh atmosphere in Punjab is believed to be the result of mistrust towards the peasant movement and traditional parties (Congress-Akali Dal). The ruling Congress may face the most friction due to breach of promise and mutual enmity. While the Akali Dal has failed to turn the tide against itself seven years ago, questions are being raised about its role in the central government's three agricultural laws.

 

There are total 117 assembly seats in Punjab. The state had over 2.14 crore voters. In 2017, this number was close to one crore 92 lakhs. There was a lot of enthusiasm among the voters in the 2017 elections and voters kept the pace of voting fast since morning. Due to the anti-incumbency wave, the main opposition party Congress got 77 seats. Congress party got 38.5 percent votes, Shiromani Akali Dal got 25.3 percent votes and Aam Aadmi Party got 23.8 percent votes. The BJP could get only 5.3 per cent votes.

It has happened only twice in the electoral history of Punjab that no party got an absolute majority. The first time in 1967 and the second time in 1969, but both times the government of manipulation was formed but the government could not run for five years. In all the elections held since 1969, it has got an absolute majority.

 

This happened in 1967, when no party got a clear majority, after the elections, non-Congress parties formed a coalition named People's United Front and Akali Dal leader Gurnam Singh became the Chief Minister for the first time but his government in only 262 days. fell. Due to the separation of Lachman Singh Gill, his government was reduced to a minority.

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