Posted January 2nd, 2022

Dear Friends,

The newly launched Bangalore-based newspaper News Trail has asked me to write a bi-weekly piece for them. Here is the third piece. Earlier two pieces were hard copy as the new news site was being set up. This one is on the scenario in Panjab after the farmers returned triumphant from Delhi. Thank you Neena Gopal for the opportunity.

‘Traditionally Punjab has had two political parties – Akalis and Congress; in 2017 it had three, AAP joined the fray; this time it is five with BJP + Punjab Lok Congress and farmer’s Samyukt Samaj Morcha throwing their hat in the ring. The field is split wide open but certainly BJP which had become persona non grata in the last year in the state is gaining traction. We are yet to see whether it serves as a win for them but it certainly divides the people’s votes and gives them a foothold in the state.

‘Meanwhile, the date the SKM had decided – January 15th – is approaching. During the protests, the SKM had mandated that no political party would be part of it. As of now, given that almost two-third of SKM unions are participating in elections, it is yet to be seen how SKM recasts itself or will it be unable to hold the central government accountable over their promise to set up a committee to decide on MSP for the whole country.’

Please see here …

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