According to statistics, more than 50 percent of voters are under 40 and which will play a crucial deciding factor in upcoming assembly elections to be held in 2017.
BJP ally the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has announced a “youth for Punjab” campaign but has not said who will lead it. “SAD has leaders, and they will be projected at the right time,” said Rajya Sabha lawmaker Naresh Gujral of the party.
“You don’t need a 25-year-old to convince a 25-year-old; you convince the youth with conviction and logic,” said Mr. Gujral, who is valued for his skills at strategy, called upon even by Prime Minister Narendra Modi while making alliances. In case the word on Drugs in Punjab gets clear the air of purity will flow again in the state, the government is risking out all their methods to retain the status of being a prosperous state after the movie Udta Punjab.
The AAM Aadmi Party has been trying to woo young voters with separate youth manifesto. Also, 11 of the 32 candidates that it has already announced in Punjab are under 40.
Congressman Amarinder Singh has said that this is his last election and that the time has come to bring in a new generation of leaders. It has leaders like Simar Barnala, 27 years old, the grandson of stalwart Akali Surjit Singh Barnala. However, when this reporter visited Punjab’s Dhuri constituency from where Mr. Barnala is likely to stand, the crowds chanted Captain Amarinder Singh’s name.
Although it seems that traditional rivals have a little scope when it comes to wooing young voters but without AAP’s nomination for chief ministerial candidate voters are not sure whom they are voting for.