Cover Story: Punjab

Return of the Congress

Print edition : March 31, 2017

Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh (centre), with party leaders Harish Chaudhary and Asha Kumari, flashing the victory sign after his party's landslide victory in the Assembly elections, in Chandigarh on March 11. Photo: Akhilesh Kumar

Arvind Kejriwal (second from left) at a road show in Majitha. Photo: PTI

Former Punjab convener of the AAP, Sucha Singh Chhotepur. His ouster, observers feel, was the beginning of the AAP's slide in Punjab. Photo: PTI

The wreckage of the vehicle in which an explosive device was planted, at the site of the bomb blast in Maur on February 1. Photo: PTI

Supporters of the Congress celebrate its victory in Chandigarh on March 11. Photo: Reuters/Ajay Verma

Former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal after tendering his resignation on March 12. Photo: By Special Arrangement

By voting the Congress to power, Punjab has opted for continuity and change. A series of tactical errors seem to have stopped the widely predicted AAP wave.
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