AAP, a new contender in Punjab politics, seems to be on a winning stretch, with all the right moves and campaign tricks, but it has some hurdles to cross in he steeplechase

W hile Punjab has traditionally been a battleground between the Akalis and the Congress, this is the first time it is witnessing an intriguing three-cornered contest, with the fledgling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) not only contesting its first Assembly election on the turf but showing every sign of emerging as the proverbial dark horse.

The coming in of AAP as a serious third force has also brought with it a sea-change in the manner and style of campaigning by all the parties. It is no longer a “tu-tu main-main” slugfest between the Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) (SAD), who have together dominated the political scene in the state for nearly the last three decades. Rather, this time willy-nilly both these parties, while trying not to acknowledge AAP as a serious threat, have been drawn into the style of campaigning that the party born out of Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption campaign has come to adopt as its own.



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