Governments & Politics of Punjab
Punjab's Governments & Politics
Akali Dal and the Congress have been the two parties that have been
in power in the Punjab state of India.
In the early years after independence Congress's Pratap Singh Kairon
dominated Punjab as a C.M. He also did most of the infrastructure
building tha brought Punjab it's prosperity as all the fabled
irrigation system was in Pakistani Punjab. Early on the Akali's were
not a force but with time they too became politically active. This
brought religion into Punjab politics and the Central Congress
party's attmepts to counter this through Bhinderanwala caused the
state to have religious militancy, caused by small section of Sikh
separatists, through most of the decade of the 1980s. The Akalis had
leaders who were ambivalent on the Khalistan issue but as a party
recovered from the prolonged President's rule in Punjab in the 1980s
by allying with the B.J.P .