Indian Electoral Politics Punjab: A New Issue
The forthcoming Assembly elections in Punjab in 2019 indicate signs of a new phase in the electoral history of this state, largely dominated earlier by various political alliances headed by the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) under Jat Sikh leadership. Presented within the wider Indian electoral landscape, this article offers an analytical overview of Punjab’s electoral politics as it has evolved since partition from the vantage point of SAD. It is argued that there are several good reasons why traditional SAD domination and style of leadership are presently being challenged through a combination of new political actors and, significantly, changing awareness among a very diverse electorate about what to expect from any government one elects.
Index terms - Assembly Elections, Political Parties in Punjab, Punjab Electoral Structure, Ethnic Religious Struggles.