According to an internal analysis of the polling pattern in the recently finished Punjab elections, the Congress may only win 40 of the 117 seats in the assembly elections.
After low polling percentages made predicting election results complex and ambiguous, the party has been conducting constituency-by-constituency assessments over the previous few days. Senior state and federal officials have been analysing feedback from the ground in relation to the projected poll results.
What’s more concerning for the party is that the less-than-impressive results may lead to the emergence of some renegade leaders. “If we don’t wind up with seats closer to the majority mark, keeping the flock together will be a tremendous struggle.”
There are already signs that leaders are attempting to “pin” blame on one another. Gurjeet Aujla, an Amritsar MP, has already made public statements criticising PCC chairman Navjot Singh Sidhu of being unconcerned about local leadership in Amritsar. Also worth watching is former Punjab unit chairman Sunil Jakhar’s post-election stance in the event of a disaster. He had already indicated that he would quit active politics after the polls. Surprisingly, while senior figures such as Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi have been meeting to discuss polling patterns, Sidhu has chosen to remain away. “The party has been soliciting input from local leaders. The Shiromani Akali Dal-Bahujan Samaj Party alliance, the BJP-led NDA alliance, and the AAP all received feedback on their performance.