Border tension pushes back politics in poll-bound Punjab

Till Thursday last week, politics in Punjab was at its peak in poll-bound Punjab. The India-Pakistan tensions have for now deviated the political course. In the past few months, all the talk in Punjab was political – on whether or not the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the newest challenger to the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP alliance and the opposition Congress, would pose a challenge to the traditional parties in assembly elections early next year. However, with war-like tensions with Islamabad staring Punjab in the face,  politics has taken a backseat.

The increasing attacks on AAP by the Akali Dal-BJP and Congress, the talk of the launch of a fourth front, the future of former Rajya Sabha MP and ex-BJP leader Navjot Singh Sidhu and other breakaway leaders as well as other political issues were pushed to the background as the war-mongering with Pakistan gained momentum. The political leadership, which was leaving no opportunity in having a dig at one another till last week, are subdued.

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