1. Punjab Assembly Elections Results 2017: Arvind Kejriwal is not going to leave Delhi, AAP leader Ashutosh says

Punjab Assembly Elections Results 2017: Arvind Kejriwal is not going to leave Delhi, AAP leader Ashutosh says

Even as the counting of votes is going on for the Punjab Assembly elections with Congress party leading in Punjab and making a big headway in Amritsar constituencies especially

By: | Published: March 11, 2017 9:06 AM
Ashutosh statement indicates how he read the tea leaves ahead of the announcement of the results and that is a likely hint that the AAP may not end up the largest party in Punjab. (PTI)

Even as the counting of votes is going on for the Punjab Assembly elections with Congress party leading in Punjab and making a big headway in Amritsar constituencies especially, senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and former journalist Ashutosh has made a big revelation about what the party has been thinking about which way the Delhi Chief Minister and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal will tilt in the wake of the election, no matter what the results are. Speaking to Times Now channel early in the morning today, Ashutosh said, “Arvind Kejriwal is not going to leave Delhi.” It was rumoured for long, and AAP did nothing to cap the talk, that Kejriwal may even give up his Delhi chiefminsitership and become the CM of Punjab if the results go their way. But that rumour has been sctotched now, for good. Ashutosh statement indicates how he read the tea leaves ahead of the announcement of the results and that is a likely hint that the AAP may not end up the largest party in Punjab.

The election in Punjab is extremely tight between the Congress Party led by veteran politician and Maharaja of Patiala Capt Amarinder Singh (Rahul Gandhi has not had much of a role to play in Punjab even though he has addressed a number of rallies there) and the AAP. According to exit polls in Punjab the SAD-BJP ruling party is set to get a drubbing. According to the exit polls, the Congress and AAP are neck and neck. The India Today exit poll suggests AAP will win 42-51 seats, Congress will win 62-71, SAD+ will win 4-7, others will get 0-2. The ABP News poll forecasts AAP will win 36-46 seats, Congress will win 46 to 56 seats, SAD+ 19-27 and otehrs 0-4. The News 24 poll says AAP will win 54 (+/-9), Congress 54 (+/-9) , and SAD+ 9 (+/-5). The India TV poll predicts AAP will win 59-67 seats, Congress will win 41-49 and SAD+ will win 5-13, others will get 0-3.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has preferred to play second-fiddle to ‘big brother’ Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) which is led by incumbent Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal. However, both corruption allegations and rampant spread of drugs in the state and the SAD government’s inability to stop it is expected make the people turn against them. However, surprises can happen – in the last assmebly elections, everyone expected SAD to be removed from power an yet they rode to a massive and shocking victory. BJP has suffered collateral damage due to the SAD effect and even PM Narendra Modi did not focus his attention on the state, preferring to restrict his rallies to just a few.

The space occupied by SAD-BJP has been successfully taken over by the AAP. However, even more than that, AAP has been very successful in poaching Congress space too. Arvind Kejriwal has spent months on end campaigning in Punjab to ensure his dream of making AAP a pan-India party and not one stuck just to Delhi.

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    Chanakya
    Mar 11, 2017 at 5:15 am
    EVEN IF HE DOES NOT WANT TO LEAVE DELHI, THE NEXT ELECTIONS DELHITES WHO ARE FED UP - FED UP WILL THROW AAP OUT.
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