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Defeat of Congress in Dhuri - Now look for Bhadod
In Punjab, with the defeat of Simar Partap Singh son of former Chief Minister, Surjit Singh Barnala as Congress candidate in Dhuri Assembly bye elections from Akali candidate Govind Singh Longowal by a margin of 37,000 votes, Captain Amrinder Singh and Partap Singh Bajwa are once again now "Face to Face".

With the resignation of Congress MLA Arvind Khanna from Dhuri seat, number of speculations has started in the political circle.  It is a known fact that Arvind Khanna belongs to Captain Group and has also close relations with him.  In fact, the announcement for taking permanent break from politics by Arvind Khanna itself has become a talk of the town.  The opposite group of Capt.Amrinder Singh has alleged that the resignation of Arvind Khanna has been managed to give a chess mate to Bajwa and to extend the political benefit to the Badal family.   The way Arvind Khanna and Captain group remained out of the election campaign, was a crystal clear that the aim behind this was toled down Bajwa in the eyes of Sonia Gandhi.

The statement by Captain immediately after the defeat is also his clear cut aim to make Bajwa understand his status. Commenting on the defeat of Congress by breaking the ice on Bajwa, Captain Amrinder Singh said, "Who else? Congress President Bajwa is responsible".

On the other hand, Bajwa says that for the defeat of Congress in Dhuri elections, someone specific is not, but all are equally responsible.  Meaning thereby, in Punjab, both Captain and Bajwa groups are responsible for the defeat of Congress.  Even before the Dhri Assembly bye elections, both these groups have been raising voice against each other and there was non-cooperation attitude during the election campaign for which the ultimate benefit had gone to the Akalis.

Sukhbir Badal taking the advantage of the internal rift of the Congress, used his strength to full extent to win the seat. After this, the Akalis have got full majority and are now in a position to run the government independently.

He has, however, very intelligently given the statement to continue to have alliance with the Bhartiya Janata Party )BJP) despite getting a majority after winning the Dhuri seat, which depicts his political instinct. 

It is pertinent to mention that during 2014 Parliament elections, BJP got the majority at the Centre and Modi too had talked about taking alongwith the Akalis and were also given a birth in the Ministry.  So, Akalis are not in a position to take divorce from the BJP.  But we are talking about the fissure cropped up among the Congress leaders.  One thing more has come on surface about the grip of Congress leadership at the state level is also weakening at the national level, due to internal rift in Congress Party. Due to weak leadership of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi on sabbatical to unknown place, has an advrse impact on the image of the party not only in Punjab but in other states – Maharashitra, Haryana and Himachal Pardesh,

Sometime back, the Punjabi voters were not happy with the Akali-BJP alliance in Punjab and there could be more than one reasons but with the win-win situation of Dhuri elections, it has proved that there is no substitute so far of Akali-BJP sworn alliance. 

With the winning of Dhuri seat, Akalis have gained more confidence but at the same time, with the wave tilted in favour of Akali-BJP alliance, Congress workers are not finding any option as to how to wriggle out of the tight spot.  The voters have opted for Akali-BJP alliance out of the breach like situation among the other political parties including Congress.

Frankly speaking, the Akalis are keeping its eyes on the Bhadod seat vacated on account of decision of the court against Mohammad Sadiq.  The present political circumstances in the Punjab are an indication that Akalis will win the Bhadod bye election also. Now the time will not tell but time will come.

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