Chandigarh: Though the declaration of elections is still in the offing, the warmth of the political hustle bustle seems to have engulfed Punjab amidst the approaching winters. The major political parties of the state have pulled up their socks and have prepared an extensive election programme.

Along with the major opponents Shiromani Akali Dal and Congress, Manpreet Badal’s Peoples Party of Punjab and Sanjha Morcha, a joint front of Left and Akali Dal (Longowal), will also enter the political arena for the assembly elections.

While Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal will reach out to the people to remind them of their achievements, Congress will also launch ‘Punjab Bachao’ yatra and Sanjha Morcha will begin ‘Izzat Sambhal’ yatra to woo the voters.

However, the Congress will start its Punjab Bachao yatra from Malwa, considered to be the mainstay of the Akali Dal. The month-long yatra will hold three dozen rallies and each small and big leader will be given a chance to prove his metal. It will also make people aware of the deceptive policies and developmental claims of the state government.

Not lagging behind, the father son duo Prakash Singh Badal and Sukhbir Singh Badal of the ruling party will also mingle with the people of every constituency to remind them of their achievements and to connect them to the party.

In order to leave a lasting impression in the minds of the voters, Sukhbir Singh Badal has also planned to organize the second Kabaddi Cup to woo the masses and to capitalize on their sentiments.

However, a third alternative has also emerged in the Punjab politics. The Sanjha Morcha led Izzat Sambhal yatra starting from Malwa region will cover all the constituencies in the state.

JPN/Bureau