Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has said the results of the five latest assembly elections are “last rites of the Congress as a political party in the country”. In a statement issued on Thursday here, Badal said “the funeral would be in Punjab next year”.
“A major lesson from these elections is that people are going for parties with federal ideology. That is why in both West Bengal and Tamil Nadu, regional parties have performed strongly and the trend is certain to continue in Punjab, where the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) is the strongest regional party. The election results have also busted the myth of anti-incumbency’s being a big factor. In Punjab, massive all-round development and pro-poor policies have created a strong pro-incumbency instead,” said Badal.
Will have impact on state: Kamal Sharma
Former Punjab BJP president Kamal Sharma said the May 19 election results from four states and a Union Territory would have an impact on the Punjab elections as well.
“The way Congress has been decimated, it is writing on the wall that the Akali-BJP alliance is going to score a hat-trick in Punjab early next year,” the BJP leader said.