Jalandhar: Polling in Doaba belt of Punjab, the centre stage of Dalit politics largely witnessed a neck and neck fight between Aam Admi Party (AAP), Congress and SAD-BJP alliance, hence leaving not only voters but party leaders ‘silent’ to understand the voting trend.
From Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Hoshiarpur and Nawanshahr, the key factor of Ravidassia and Valmiki voters in deciding the fate of all the political parties was discussed openly on various platforms. All parties claimed their sway, as voters kept cards close to chest.
Daily Post met voters in different villages of doaba, where whether it was youth, the middle aged or the elderly, they were seen smiling and keeping quiet on the voting trend. A majority of the voters shared that this time they voted for change.
At Rehmanpura village of Nakodar segment, women voters evoked mixed response about all the parties. “All parties promise moon and then fade away after coming to power. We hope this time, a change will take place”, they said.
Even Jalandhar Cantonment, Jalandhar Central, Jalandhar West, Kartarpur, Phillaur and Adampur also remained a tight affair with voters strictly keeping the voting trends to themselves. These seats also witnessed a healthy voting percentage with women and first time voters coming out in large numbers.
At Madhopur village in Kapurthala constituency, flaring tempers were witnessed between Akalis and the Congress, as it was a neck to neck fight between not only the two traditional parties but the new comer AAP. Voters again preferred to keep mum over what would be the likely outcome on March 11, the result day.
Hoshiarpur district also witnessed silent voters turning out in large numbers till 5 pm. At Tanda assembly constituency, NRIs from both congress and AAP claimed their ground in Punjab. “It is not just AAP, rather both BJP and Congress which was going to get the vote share from this seat. It was a tough contest on this seat”, the voters said.
Another crucial reserve seat of Banga in Nawanshahr district also brought three cornered contest to the fore. “All party leaders campaigned extensively in Banga but it was difficult to ascertain the voter mood this time”, the voters said.
“Never ever candidates witnessed such a stiff competition in assembly elections, as earlier it used to be a direct contest between SAD-BJP and the Congress only. This time AAP changed the equation. The results would be interesting too”, the villagers shared.
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