Lull before the storm: How Punjab leaders are weathering it

Shiromani Akali Dal (Sanyukt) president Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa describes the lull in Punjab since voting for the bitterly fought state election on February 20 thus: “Day-after-day we preserve doing calculations as to what number of votes we are going to get from totally different cubicles, based mostly on the suggestions from our employees. Later we chill out and find yourself saying let’s look forward to the outcomes. This time the voter was very silent, particularly within the final two days. Therefore what can I say concerning the outcomes?”

Whereas all eyes have been on Uttar Pradesh for the previous fortnight, the look forward to March 10 has been unsettling but in addition welcome for political leaders in Punjab.

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Dhindsa, for one, used the respite for a check-up in Delhi for an issue along with his backbone. The 85-year-old former Akali Dal chief who fought in alliance with the BJP says he’s very hopeful of an excellent efficiency. “We contested 15 seats in alliance with the BJP and Punjab Lok Congress (PLC). We consider a minimum of five-six of our candidates are in a robust place, whereas we’re within the battle in each seat. ,

PLC chief Amarinder Singh, quite the opposite, remained largely out of sight. On Monday, he was in Delhi the place he met Union Dwelling Minister Amit Shah. Requested concerning the assembly, he stated that they had a “basic dialogue”.

Singh’s media crew stated he had been holding small, casual conferences with employees, however not on something official or particular. “Polling brokers have been assigned their duties for counting day and now all reactions will come after the outcomes,” a celebration employee stated.

Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal, who led the social gathering’s fightback from the entrance, has been essentially the most lively since polling day, remaining within the subject, having lunch at native dhabas with social gathering candidates and visiting non secular shrines resembling Kirtpur Sahib in Rupnagar district and Dera Roomi Wala in Bathinda district.

On Sunday, employees from throughout the state had been at his Badal village residence for a proper assembly over the outcomes. Occasion spokesperson Daljeet Singh Cheema stated, “We’re certain of forming the federal government and therefore the conferences.” On potential alliances, he stated all would rely upon the outcomes.

With the Aam Aadmi Occasion seeing an excellent likelihood for itself, its state convenor Harpal Singh Cheema stated Badal was attempting desperately to maintain his flock collectively. The social gathering candidate from Dirba in Sangrur, Harpal Singh stated: “Badal is visiting constituencies the place he’s anticipating his candidates to win and is attempting to ensure they continue to be along with his social gathering after the outcomes. They aren’t certain a couple of majority and are considering of an alliance with the BJP.”

He asserted that AAP will make a “clear sweep”, denouncing speak of a hung Meeting as “deliberate rumours”. “Opponents may have no likelihood to attempt for any possibility, A, B or C… We’re certain of a majority and therefore each one in all our candidates has already visited their constituencies to thank the voters and our employees.”

As Congress basic secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra landed in Jaipur on Monday, the AAP chief alleged the social gathering was so not sure that it had “shifted lots of its candidates to Rajasthan”.

Whereas AAP CM face Bhagwant Mann didn’t go to his constituency Dhuri, his mom Harpal Kaur and sister Manpreet Kaur, who actively campaigned on his behalf, did the rounds. On Sunday, Harpal Kaur got here to bless newly wed {couples} at a mass marriage organized by the Shri Bhola Sewa Samiti.

The Congress chief ministerial candidate and sitting CM, Charanjit Singh Channi, has largely been out of sight since a February 22 go to to a faculty in Chandigarh for the visually impaired kids. On social media too he has been silent other than a Shivratri greeting, and a publish on a Punjab authorities helpline for college kids caught in Ukraine.

Even fellow partyman and essential rival Navjot Singh Sidhu has been uncharacteristically quiet, along with his final public interplay being a publish on Shivratri with photos of a puja at his residence.

Within the Congress camp, essentially the most high-profile occasion since February 20 has been the persevering with ‘safai abhiyaan’ by Sandeep Jakhar, the nephew of former PPCC president Sunil Kumar Jakhar, in his constituency Abohar. Sandeep began it after Abohar was judged the third dirtiest city in India, and Jakhar famous how his nephew had continued it, “no matter elections”.

Sandeep Jakhar on Safai Abhiyan in Abohar on Saturday.

Jakhar, whose CM aspirations within the wake of Amarinder Singh’s exit had been scuttled within the Congress, added: “Whereas most candidates and leaders discovered solace in visiting mandirs and gurdwaras, he (Sandeep) continued his campaign… Even his critics who referred to as it a ballot gimmick are dumbstruck.”

Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal, a cousin of Sukhbir Singh Badal, was at his residence in Badal village on Sunday. As his media crew expressed confidence of a Congress win as we labored solely and solely on improvement agenda and remained away from all controversies”, Manpreet refused to touch upon by Cupboard colleagues and candidates Amarinder Raja Warring and Harwinder Singh Laddi that he had sabotaged their election.

Whereas the BJP is being given little likelihood as a result of farmer anger, former minister Surjeet Kumar Jyani, contesting from Fazilka, stated he had received an excellent response from his space. “Nowadays I’m spending more often than not in my village home the place individuals come to fulfill me and I too go to them. We do evaluation regularly on the place I stand… It (March 10) might be constructive for us.”

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