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Analyses Punjab Assembly Election 2007

Assembly elections are now complete in Punjab and new government of Akali-BJP combine is keen to take control of state. However these polls results have pointed towards few issues. In this election congress got 44 seats, Akali Dal 48 seats, BJP-19 seats and independent 5 seats. Congress debacle in the election clearly shows that people of Punjab are not convinced with the Vikas (progress) of Punjab claims by Congress.

Second both Akali Dal and congress has nearly same seats which show that both parties presently hold the same base in Punjab. Therefore this success is not a real victory for the Akali Dal. People of Punjab are not really convinced with the Akali Dal also. The other factors which effected this election are first the voting percentage is very high and second margin of wining votes is very low among the candidates.

All these things show only one sign that people are neither against one party nor in favor of the other. One thing is clear from election that BJP is finding again backing among the middle class of Punjab. Both the parties Akali and congress got almost same support in the rural belt, only difference is made by the urban voters which primarily supported Akali-BJP combine. Victory of five independent and strong fights by others shows that selection of candidates by both parties was wrong some way.

CPM, BSP and other small factions are complete failure, showing the deceasing presence of these parties in Punjab. Main hero in these elections is really BJP which has emerged as a powerful partner for the combine. At present it is difficult to say that it is anti-incumbency factor or the popularity of combine or soaring prices or no choice for the people or just a chance which helped in the success of Akali-BJP combine. This year elections are learning for all the parties that people want real progress and not just the false promises.

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