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AAP turmoil, non-starter 4th front add to uncertainty

What was expected to be an interesting election in Punjab with triangular contests for the first time for most assembly seats is turning out to be a politically uncertain one with the way things have changed. First, there was the turmoil within the AAP Punjab unit and second was the idea of a fourth front, announced with much fanfare by cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu and others, which later became a non-starter. Making the contest triangular was the newest challenger on Punjab’s electoral scene — the AAP. The way its political fortunes were shaping up in the past over one year, it was being speculated that the party was also set to challenge the two major traditional players in Punjab — the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP combine and the Congress.
However, the way the AAP virtually imploded in the past one month has revived the fortunes of the Akali Dal-BJP alliance. Their leaders have suddenly become upbeat about their respective chances in the assembly polls to be held in snext year.

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