Punjab voters face a peculiar situation this time. After years of being offered the Congress and the Akali-BJP combine in a near-bipolar choice, many had gone for the third alternative in 2014—even during the assembly polls of 2017, if in lesser numbers. But the AAP wave of optimism is long past, and many faces they had voted for have left the party to form their own outfits. Patiala MP Dharamvira Gandhi has floated the Nawan Punjab Party (NPP), Bholath MLA Sukhpal Khaira has formed the Punjabi Ekta Party (PEP), and Ludhiana South MLA Balwinder Singh Bains has formed the Lok Insaaf Party (LIP) along with his politician-brother Simarjit Singh Bains. These ex-AAPites have formed a fourth front along with the BSP, the CPI and the Revolutionary Marxist Party of India (RMPI). BSP will take Anandpur Sahib, Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur; PEP gets Bathinda, Faridkot and Khadoor Sahib; LIP Ludhiana, Amritsar and Fatehgarh Sahib. Dr Gandhi’s party gets Patiala, CPI Ferozepur, and RMPI Gurdaspur. Sangrur has been kept in abeyance. The common manifesto will focus on drugs, farmers’ suicides, education, jobs, reviving industries, saving Punjab’s water, and transfer of Chandigarh and other Punjabi-speaking areas to Punjab.