A child dressed as Bhagwant Mann, candidate of the Punjab CM of the AAP, on the day of the counting of the Punjab Assembly ballots. (PTI)

Explained: Here are 5 reasons why the AAP swept the Punjab

The Aam Aadmi party swept through Punjab, garnering over 90 seats, the best performance ever by a party in the state. Here are the five reasons why he conquered the two traditional parties of Congress and Shiromani Akali Dal who have ruled the state for the past seven decades

1. Change request

In Punjab, power has traditionally alternated between the SAD, which had a 24-year partnership with the BJP from 1997 to 2021, and the Congress, with the former winning in 2007 and 2012.

The Captain Amarinder Singh-led government in the state has been accused of being in cahoots with the Akalis due to its soft pedaling over the charges against the Badals, leading to the perception on the ground that Congress and Akalis were two sides of the same coin. . This time people all over Punjab, Malwa in particular, voted for a change. The message reverberating across the state was that voters have seen the two major parties rule for 70 years, but they have not delivered results. So it’s time to give another game a chance. The AAP’s slogan “Is baar na khaawaange dhokha, Bhagwant Maan te Kejriwal nu dewaange mauka (We won’t be fooled this time, we’ll give Bhagwant Mann and Kejriwal a chance)” resonated across the state as people were fed up with the status quo and declining income levels.

Manipur Assembly Election Results 2022 Explained: Why BJP prevailed in Manipur

Peace, Stability and Normalcy: Unlike the tumultuous Congress regime under Okram Ibobi Singh, marked by bandhs, blockades and a sharp increase in extrajudicial executions, the last five years have been considerably peaceful in Manipur. Statewide lockdowns and economic blockades called by civil organizations in different parts of the state, which could last for days (the longest being the 100-day economic blockade of 2011), now belong to the pass. There were virtually no violent protests, stone throwing, tear gas or curfews. As the situation began to improve before 2017, the BJP came to power at the right time, and knew how to use this transition to its advantage.

Power at the centre: Chief Minister N Biren Singh and Manipur BJP leader A Sharda Devi dance during celebrations after the party’s victory in Assembly polls, in Imphal on Thursday, March 10, 2022. (PTI Photo) Moreover, with funds and resources at its disposal, the BJP was able to invest in its campaign.

Weak opposition: While in 2017 Congress was the largest party in the House, the past five years have been particularly difficult for the big old party, as its base of MPs has shrunk from 27 to 13. Marred by defections widespread and a lack of leadership, it was a particularly weakened Congress that contested 2022. While Congress heavyweight Okram Ibobi Singh has become active on the campaign trail over the past two months, he has been virtually invisible to the over the past five years.