July 6, 2022

Chandigarh: Harm and humiliated with its worst-ever electoral display this election, the rustic’s oldest regional celebration – Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) which has received simply 3 out of 117 seats – has harder instances forward.

Crushing the castle of the over 100-year-old SAD – which may be the rustic’s 2d oldest political celebration after Congress, the February 20 election has had all its best leaders being trounced and that too, by means of the first-timers of Aam Aadmi Birthday party (AAP).

For the report, the AAP received 92 seats, Congress, 18, the SAD, 3, its best friend BSP, 1, and the BJP, two seats whilst just one unbiased candidate may just win.

The previous two-time CM Capt Amarinder Singh’s Punjab Lok Congress (PLC), SAD-(Sanyukt), a splinter team of SAD, and the farmers’ outfit Sanyukt Samaj Morcha (SSM), all went duck.

Essentially the most stunning defeat for SAD got here in its supremo Parkash Singh Badal, 94, who had, although, already moved into the backdrop because of his age this ballot time, getting a drubbing by means of AAP first-timer Gurmeet Singh Khudian, a former native Congress chief, in Lambi.

Even his son, the SAD leader and previous deputy leader minister Sukhbir Badal was once overwhelmed by means of AAP’s greenhorn Jagdeep Kamboj, in Jalalabad constituency.

Sr Badal’s nephew and the SAD firebrand chief Bikram Singh Majithia was once defeated by means of AAP’s first-timer Jeevan Jyot Kaur in Amritsar (East) seat, a social employee referred to as “pad girl’’. Majithia was once additionally lately booked in a drug case by means of Charanjit Singh Channi-led Congress govt.

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Even five-time MLA and Sr Badal’s nephew Manpreet Badal misplaced to AAP’s first-timer Jagroop Singh Gill, a former native Congress chief.

The one solace for SAD is that whilst its simplest 3 applicants – Ganieve, who’s Majithia’s spouse from Majitha, Manpreet Singh Ayali from Dakha and Dr Sukhwinder Sukhi from Banga, have received, its applicants stood at quantity two place in 46 meeting constituencies. Then again, Sukhbir Badal is sitting MP from Ferozepur and his spouse Harsimrat Kaur is MP from Bathinda.

The SAD leader Sukhbir Badal who does now not have an energetic make stronger of celebration’s patriarch Badal Sr, on the other hand, has additionally observed SAD’s senior chief Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa parting tactics and floating SAD (Sanyukt) over variations with him, ultimate yr.

SAD’s vote proportion has slided from 25.42% in 2017 state polls to 18% in Thursday’s consequence. In 1997, SAD had received 75 seats with 37.64% vote proportion however after that, it noticed sluggish fall. In 2002, it was once 31.08%, in 2007, it was once 37.09% and in 2012, it was once 34.7%.

Why? The political scientists opine that the thumping win of the AAP has proved the folk of Punjab sought a option to quite a lot of lengthy late problems together with unemployment and corruption and an finish to sand mining and shipping mafias, drug cartels, and paid transfers.

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Printed on: Friday, March 11, 2022, 08:44 PM IST

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