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    ...Also Read Best birthday gift for Amarinder Singh Looking at the massive victory of the Congress, it is quite clear that the party has not only been able to manage its traditional support base that comes from both Hindus and Sikhs but also from rural and urban Punjab across the three electoral regions. It also got the traditional Akali supporters’ vote that was supposed to go to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) due to Operation Blue Star as well as the anti-Sikh riots, followed by widespread human rights violations targeting Sikh youth. ...

    The Hindu on March 13, 2017, 12:46 a.m.


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    ... The most remarkable feature of the forthcoming Punjab election is the emergence of AAP as the third party in a bipolar electoral arena. It is a rare spectacle to witness a four-year-old party scaring two of India’s oldest parties which have been entrenched in state politics with a steady social base. Yet, four-year-old AAP has emerged as the game-changer. If drugs, corruption and dynastic politics dominate manifestoes today, the credit goes to AAP for raising these issues forcefully. Significantly, a non-Punjabi-speaking AAP leader is being compared with satraps like Parkash Singh Badal and Captain Amarinder Singh, who have over five decades of political life in Punjab. AAP’s regional career commenced with the 2014 elections in Punjab when, as a debutant party, it won four out of the state’s 13 Lok Sabha seats. The performance defied electoral wisdom; the party was completely new to Punjab, without recognisable leadership, organisation or support base. ...

    Indian Express on Jan. 30, 2017, 12:04 a.m.