The new Congress government of Captain Amarinder Singh in Punjab, which takes oath on March 16, faces multiple challenges, with slow economic growth, high youth unemployment, drug addiction and large dropouts before secondary schools.
The emphatic victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand assembly polls has brought the party’s relationship with its ideological mentor, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), back in focus.
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi has said the party needs structural and organisational changes following its debacle in the Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand assembly polls even as party leaders said there was need for tough decisions in the party.
Two senior Congress leaders, Kamal Nath and Amarinder Singh, the Punjab Chief Minister-designate, have said it is time Rahul Gandhi is formally anointed Congress president.
With Holi, the Festival of Colours, concluding, it seems to be time for some fireworks in the Samajwadi Party (SP), which was humbled by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the just-concluded Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.
The stupendous victory of the Congress in the just-concluded assembly polls in Punjab may be credited to a variety of factors, but unintended help also came from the Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP combine and new political entrant AAP.
Appointed Chief Minister for the fourth time since 2000, BJP leader Manohar Parrikar, who resigned as Defence Minister, is the proverbial prodigal son, who has returned home to the land of fish curry and rice.