Punjab Assembly Election 2012

In the beginning of 2012, Punjab state of India is all set to witness Assembly Election. Still there are six to eight months remaining for this election; however, high powered election campaigns have started with ruling party and opposition trying to attract people of Punjab in their favor. Present ruling government in Punjab is of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) alliance which came to power in 2007 Assembly Election by defeating previous Congress government.

The two main political parties of Punjab are Shiromani Akali Dal and Congress and main election fight always remain between these parties. Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) does have considerable presence in certain belts of Punjab; though it mainly works as supporting party for Akali Dal. Punjab is one of vibrant and culturally rich state of India with one of highest numbers of NRIs in India. Main occupation of people of Punjab is agriculture with good presence of industry. Punjab which was once most affluent state of India is struggling financially and lost ground to many others states of India.

The main issues faced by people of Punjab are unemployment, corruption, high prices, polluted ground water, and lack of industrial growth. Despite so many claims by numbers of previous government, Punjab has not seen much improvement on these issues. Though, SAD-BJP government has done numbers of commendable jobs; however, still much remained to be achieved.

Punjab politics works more on populist approach then doing long term welfare of people. Every past government has worked on these principles to gain confidence of people of Punjab; however, People of Punjab have voted out these parties despite their populist schemes. Punjab Government with heavy financial crisis on its shoulders can not afford to run state for long time; therefore, it needs to work in direction to increase its revenue.

Punjab Assembly Election 2012 will be a clear fight between SAD-BJP alliance and Congress. Ruling alliance will try to take credit of progress done during his tenure while Congress will try to take benefit of dismal health of state.

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