Sangrur bypoll rout places query mark on AAP’s governance in Punjab : The Tribune India

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Tribune Information Service

Ruchika M. Khanna 

Chandigarh, June 26

AAP’s electoral defeat within the bypoll to Punjab’s Sangrur Lok Sabha constituency, which is taken into account the prime area of the ruling social gathering, has proved that their stupendous win within the state Meeting polls held earlier this yr was not a vote in favour of the social gathering, however a vote towards the opposite conventional events. The AAP becoming a member of ranks with the Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal by way of voters’ disillusionment inside simply 100 days of rule, nonetheless, is alarming.

What’s worse is that it has additionally put a query mark on the management of Bhagwant Mann because the Chief Minister. Sangrur was represented by him for the previous two phrases — in 2014 and 2019. He had gained this seat when there was a BJP wave throughout the nation. The byelection was necessitated after his resignation. All the high brass of the social gathering, together with Mann himself, had campaigned vigorously for the social gathering candidate. For the final ten days, all ministers and most MLAs had stationed themselves in Sangrur and launched a vigorous marketing campaign. Despite this, the disillusionment of the voters was evident because the constituency witnessed the bottom turnout in latest historical past.

Occasion MLAs and different leaders have already began murmuring in regards to the lack of independence given to the state unit of the social gathering by the social gathering excessive command, which is being cited as an essential purpose for the defeat. They are saying that this has led to no clear chain of command, thus affecting governance.

The homicide of singer Sidhu Moosewala and the menace attributable to gangsters has made folks cautious. Although the social gathering pollsters tried arduous to wean away the voters from the regulation and order state of affairs in Punjab to the federal government’s drive towards corruption, it has apparently not yielded outcomes. We’ll want a course correction instantly, mentioned an MLA from Malwa, saying skilled leaders should be introduced on the forefront within the authorities.

The defeat doesn’t augur nicely for the AAP, as it’s unparalleled a celebration in energy to have suffered an electoral defeat inside 100 days of being elected to energy. This, particularly, as all 9 Meeting seats within the Sangrur parliamentary constituency are represented by AAP MLAs. Within the Meeting elections held in February this yr, the social gathering had bagged a mean of 40 per cent votes. This time, the overall polling share was 45 per cent.

Meanwhilke, having suffered the defeat, it was left to social gathering chief spokesperson Malwinder Singh Kang to defend his social gathering. “Our voters didn’t come out to vote as they have been busy in paddy transplantation and plenty of have been travelling due to summer time trip. It isn’t for the primary time {that a} ruling social gathering misplaced parliamentary election. In 2014, in the course of the Akali-BJP rule in Punjab, the AAP had gained 4 seats. In the course of the Congress rule in 2019, the AAP gained one seat, the Akali Dal gained two and the BJP gained one seat,” he mentioned.

Kang mentioned the AAP had retained its 35 p.c vote share.

 

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