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    Punjab Elections 2022: Oppressed Congress to emerge as the single largest party; Amarinder Singh may not retain power

    Farmers' resistance in Punjab has wreaked havoc on the opposition. The first is that the Akali Dal-BJP partnership has broken down, and the second is that these two political parties are frequently viewed or will be remembered as the architects of the new farm legislation in the near future in the hearts of the Sikh community. As a result, no clear winner will emerge, at least for the time being. In the forthcoming Punjab Assembly Elections 2022, the Congress without a doubt will be the single largest party, yet Capt. Amarinder Singh may not retain power. 

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    With 80 seats in the 117-member Punjab Vidhan Sabha, the Congress party enjoys a landslide majority. However, factionalism inside the Punjab unit has now been revealed. After the administration under Captain Amarinder Singh lost the sensitive Behbal Kalan and Kot Kapura firing cases in the High Court, which annulled its Special Investigation Team's findings and ordered the government to form a new SIT, but a few party members protested against the Chief Minister.

    At a Cabinet meeting, PPCC president Sunil Jakhar and Cabinet Minister Sukhjinder Randhawa both volunteered to quit over the matter. Randhawa buried the hatchet with party leader Navjot Singh Sidhu, implying that the two may band together to take on the CM. Sidhu has already spoken out against the CM, accusing him of doing business with the Akalis in exchange for favours. A few MLAs and ministers have also joined the rebels. This spurred Sonia Gandhi, the president of the AICC, to form a committee chaired by Mallikarjun Kharge, the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha.

    The committee presented a report to the AICC head after hearing from around 150 leaders, including ministers, MLAs, MPs, leaders of frontal organisations, and others. It also heard Amarinder, who, according to committee member JP Aggarwal, explained all of the party members' arguments. Navjot Sidhu should be given a position, and the party structure should be reorganised, according to the committee. The AICC has yet to take action in response to the findings.

    According to sources, the CM presented dossiers on over two dozen MLAs to the committee. The dossiers include his party's suspected participation in sand mining, liquor distribution, transportation, and land grab instances. Captain Amarinder said at a Vidhan Sabha session that he had files on everyone of his party's lawmakers, although he denied preparing any dossiers recently.

    The Gandhi's have lost the plot, and the Congress can only be revived if they renounce and keep their places to some extent! Likewise, with the demise of the cunning fox Ahmed Patel, their stranglehold has already weakened significantly. Meanwhile, regional usurpers have already begun planning for a post-Gandhi future. 

    The Aam Aadmi Party, the second political choice, is one factor that may come up. However, it remains to be seen how far they can take advantage of the circumstance. For the time being, their goal may be to emerge as the state's main opposition party. Likewise, Aam Aadmi Party includes leaders in high positions who are more interested in criticizing others than finding solutions to society's issues. However, one can say that there are good individuals and evil people on the same day in every political party. The situation does not appear to be improving in the foreseeable future as long as the bad ones continue to dictate political, economic, and social policy.

    Punjab has been given many opportunities for the Akali Dal-BJP to reign. Still, the situation in crucial sectors including as agriculture, jobs, and social welfare remains as terrible as it was during the tougher periods of Emergency and Delhi riots.

    As a result, the main rivalry should definitely be between the AAP and the Congress. Likewise, AAP ran a campaign that was seen by the people of Punjab as hollow yet strong against both Akali Dal and Congress. However, Akali Dal's campaign in 2017 was solely aimed at the AAP based on the opinion polls at that time such that they wanted and were successful enough to suffocate the AAP in Punjab. 

    Akali Dal's campaign was and has been so far successful in doing the same where AAP has yet to name a candidate for the position of Chief Minister. The AAP's top leader, Bhagwant Mann, is clearly not the choice of the Punjabi people for the responsible position of Chief Minister. As a result, the AAP in 2022 still has no prospect of establishing a government in Punjab and may even lose their tag of state's main opposition party.  

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