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Siddhu4Punjab – BJP makes right noises February 9, 2016

Posted by simarp in : Uncategorized , trackback

#Siddhu4Punjab has been trending since  this evening. For those watching Punjab politics, the question always was not whether but when. Making noises with Siddhu4Punjab helps BJP in almost all possible ways. It silences its own corrupt leaders. It worries Akalis as Navjot Singh Siddhu has a clean image in comparison to theirs of being totally corrupt. It worries Congress as Siddhu is more than a match to Captain Amarinder Singh, Congress’ best bet. For AAP this is quite dangerous  move by BJP, they were looking at a sulking Siddhu opting for AAP and becoming face of AAP in Punjab.

These noises are going to help BJP, however it is extremely unlikely that BJP, on its own, under watch of Siddhu can form its government. Without any doubt 11 out of 12 sitting MLAs of BJP have very limited chance of retaining their own seats. They have been totally corrupt and have hardly played any constructive role in last 4 years in their constituencies. The lone MLA who has no accusations of corruption to counter is Dr. Navjot Kaur Siddhu, Navjot Singh Siddhu’s wife. With just 12 sitting MLAs in an assembly of 117, thinking of forming a Government is nothing short of wishful thinking. Yes, it is true that without Siddhu BJP is likely to draw zero in Punjab, but even with Siddhu it is unlikely to go beyond 30 seats.

In 2014 Lok Sabha Elections BJP was able to win just 2 seats and even among these two seats, Hoshiarpur seat was won with just a margin over 13,o00 votes. BJP is right in assuming that Siddhu can win from any seat in Punjab but to assume that they can win 59 seats on the name of Navjot Singh Siddhu is unimaginable.   Anti incumbency in Punjab is very high and if BJP thinks that they can do a Bihar kind of an act to wish themselves away from anti-incumbency, they are bound to dread their decision.

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