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A Re-Election in Punjab and the Continuing Crisis

A more thoroughgoing management of the message of governance, the media and electoral strategies helped the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal- Bharatiya Janata Party alliance buck the anti-incumbency trend in Punjab and win assembly elections rather emphatically. The Congress' failure to connect to the people through mass movements and the continuing decline of the left parties only helped the ruling alliance even further. Despite this victory, the election manifesto of the ruling alliance suggests that it has few ideas to tackle the crisis Punjab faces today.

COMMENTARY A Re-Election in Punjab and the Continuing Crisis subsidised atta-dal reaching deserving people, merit in recruitments for government jobs, and the containment of harassment faced by the people at the hands of the bureaucracy worked as an antidote to his projected image of a Manjit Singh grabber of state resources. Other tactics

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