Punjab goes to polls on February 4, in the backdrop of a deepening agrarian crisis. With around 82.5% of the state’s land being used for agriculture in Punjab, demonetisation has worsened the crisis in the economy. Punjab has traditionally been contested by the Congress and an Akali Dal (Badal)- BJP combine. This year, however, AAP has entered the fray, pitching its campaign around Punjab’s dual problems of corruption and narcotics trade.
The Wire takes you through Punjab’s political landscape and its history of power shifts since independence.
The Wire‘s coverage of Punjab 2017
- Dalit Issues Take Centre Stage in Punjab, But Jat Sikhs Continue to Dominate Political Dialogue
- In Punjab, Political Parties Focus on Votes As Agrarian Crisis Deepens
- Watch: Casting a Vote Amidst Fields That Kill
- Watch: Can Punjab Get Rid of the ‘Exploitative’ Commission Agent System?
- ‘Punjab Is Like an ICU Patient…AAP Wants to Change This System’
- In Border Villages of Punjab, a Life of Exclusion and Neglect
- From Awaaz-e-Punjab to Congress, Will Sidhu’s Many Stops Work in His Favour?
- Watch: Beyond Punjab’s Election Battle Lines, Dalits Fight for Land, Honour
- ‘Our Votes are Meaningless if We Don’t Have Our Land’: Dalit Women in Punjab
In this interactive graphic below, The Wire looks at important poll issues, a region-wise analysis of seats and how the contending political parties have addressed key questions. What are the important statistics to keep in mind and which constituencies should you be looking forward to? Our visual analysis below lets you know, giving you a feel for the stakes at play. Read on.