Punjab Election is AAP vs Congress; BJP-SAD out

Opinion Poll Punjab

The current mood in Punjab is to throw the SAD-BJP combine out but it’s not sure about with whom to replace it with. The latest poll  from India Today-Axis hints that the Congress is likely to emerge as the single largest party in Punjab by winning 49-55 seats in the Assembly election due early next year  is not like to form on its own. BJP-SAD government, led by the Badal family, is facing anti-inumbancy in the state as it has failed in providing jobs, reducing corruption or handling drugs issue, even though the Badal givernment calls it a ‘perception’ issue.

(SAD), led by the father-son duo of Prakash Singh Badal and , is considered highly nepotistic, corrupt and ineffectual.

The ruling combine of the Akali Dal and the BJP is staring at a possible rout with just 17-21 seats, while 3-7 seats may go to smaller parties.

Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which has witnessed both a massive interest by the voters as well as bitter dissent within, is a close second with 42-46 seats. In terms of vote share, while the Congress may command a third of Punjab’s votes (33 per cent), the AAP will trail at 30.

In further boost for the Congress, the opinion poll says almost one-third of the state’s voters (33 per cent) want Captain Amarinder Singh to return as Chief Minister, against only 25 per cent who wanted incumbent Parkash Singh Badal of the Akali Dal to remain in power.

Also, 58 per cent of the respondents rated Badal’s performance as bad, while 29 per cent were satisfied with his tenure. Kejriwal, who many believe is likely to desert Delhi if his party wins Punjab, was picked by just 16 per cent of those surveyed as their best bet