Ahead of the crucial 2017 Punjab assembly polls, Hindustan Times talked to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Punjab affairs in-charge Sanjay Singh, Punjab chief minister and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) patron Parkash Singh Badal, and Punjab Congress chief and chief ministerial nominee Captain Amarinder Singh.
While Sanjay Singh clarified on AAP supremo Kejriwal’s position, saying “when we form the government, the CM will be a Punjabi. Kejriwal will continue to be the New Delhi CM.”
On the other hand, Captain Amarinder, seemingly bolstered by the anti-incumbency sentiment against the ruling Akalis, said, “My astrologers are I-PAC (party strategist Prashant Kishor’s team) and they tell me we are winning 68 seats, AAP will be second at 34 and SAD-BJP will get 15 seats. People in Punjab don’t give a split verdict. They will give us a clear mandate.”
The Punjab CM remained hopeful, claiming SAD will be back and “much stronger than in 2012.”
“Last time, the Congress had written us off. This time, both AAP and Congress are making the same mistake. They will be in for a rude shock. The battle is still on, and we are poised for a forceful mandate,” he said .