The AAP Party has surprised many in the Punjab Assembly elections of 2017 with drawing large crowds. The Candidate list of the AAP party reveals that 83% of the candidates in the AAP party in Punjab are of Sikh religion.

Out of the 117 Candidates 97 are of the Sikh religion and 17 of the Candidates are of either the Hindu or Muslim. A report of the NDTV also showed that the AAP party has the most Sikh candidates as vast majority of the Party’s support comes from the Sikhs.

The NDA alliance of the shows a bit less number of Sikhs primarily due to the vast majority of the BJP candidates are of Hindu religion with some in the Akali Dal of the Hindu or Muslim religion.

Out of the 117 candidates in the AAP, 17 were reported to be Amritdhari Sikhs.

The state of Punjab where BJP and Akali Dal has an alliance is facing tough competition from arch rival Congress and a new entrant Aam Aadmi Party. In the 117-member house, the BJP-SAD is fighting on all 117 seats. Shiromani Akali dal is fighting on 94 of the 117 seats while 23 seats have been given to the alliance partner, the BJP.

The Aam Aadmi Party is going to be a crucial new contender in the race this time. In the last Assembly elections held in 2012, the SAD-BJP alliance won majority. This time around, it faces the challenge of anti-incumbency. Besides, the Congress and Aam Aadmi Party are going to give a tough competition to the ruling alliance. Election Commission

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