The Congress has finalised only 77 candidates for the Punjab February 4 elections. Even though January 11 is the date when the filing of nomination papers begins, can the delay prove to be dangerous for the candidates to campaign in their respective constituencies.
With the turncoats and defectors playing an important role in the announcement of the candidates for the remaining 40 seats, the Aam Aadmi Party seems to be having an edge over the other two parties.
The last date for filing nominations just 13 days away (January 18) and the final Congress list to be announced on January 21 post the last date for withdrawal, the hard work put in by the sure-shot candidates is all that they can depend upon. Moreover, whether the 13 days left for active campaigning for the candidates would be enough, the outcome will only be known on March 11.
Revised On January 16, 2017
However, India Today-Axis opinion poll clearly gave a majority to Congress in its Opinion Poll conducted in mid-October. The earlier opinion polls conducted by Huffpost-CVoter and VDP Associates’ opinion poll conducted in the month of July of 2016 gave a thumping majority to AAP. But the fact these polls were conducted in April and the equation has changed drastically since speak a lot about the predictions made by these polls.
According to the opinion poll conducted by Punjabikhurki.com, the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal suffered a major jolt with a whopping 74% voters “not wanting to see the Akali Dal in power” only let alone being the CM. Of the 919 people who voted in the online poll, the present Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal found favour with only 15% while Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal was the favourite with only 7%.