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Punjab Assembly elections | BJP, Amarinder Singh’s Punjab Lok Congress announce alliance

Punjab Assembly elections | BJP, Amarinder Singh’s Punjab Lok Congress announce alliance

Mr. Singh on Friday called on the BJP’s Punjab in-charge and Union Minister Gajendra Shekhawat at his residence in New Delhi.

Minister for Jal Shakti and BJP in charge for polls in Assembly Punjab, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on Friday announced the finalisation of an electoral alliance between his party and that of former State Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.

Captain Singh had recently broken off with the Congress and quit his chief ministerial post to float a new outfit called the Punjab Lok Congress. The alliance was announced after a meeting between Mr Shekhawat and Mr Singh at the former’s residence in New Delhi and comes after seven rounds of talks between the two parties.

“Today I confirm that BJP and the Punjab Lok Congress are going to fight the upcoming Punjab Assembly elections together. Topics like seat share will be discussed later,” Mr. Shekhawat said after the meeting. Captain Singh said that “we (the alliance) are ready and we are going to win this election. The decision on seat sharing will be taken on seat to seat basis, with winnability being the priority. We are 101% sure of winning this election.”

Former Akali Dal leader, Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa who broke away from the party to float the Shiromani Akali Dal (Sanyukt) also met with Mr. Shekhawat after the latter’s meeting with Mr Singh, and it is expected that he will be part of this new alliance as well.

Senior sources privy to discussions on the alliance told The Hindu that the BJP hopes that the new alliance, will make the contest four cornered and bring some advantages to the BJP. Punjab Assembly has a total of 117 seats.

The BJP also, very clearly wants to fight an equal number of seats as its ally or even more, playing more a Big Brother role in this allaince, something they could not do with their past ally, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).

One of the oldest alliance partners of the BJP, the SAD broke off from the NDA due to its  differences with the Union government over the three contentious farm laws since repealed. Under the old arrangement, the BJP used to contest only 23 out of 117 seats with SAD contesting the rest. This time around, the BJP will push for far more seats, even for as many as 70 seats, in the new alliance.

The repeal of the three farm laws, BJP leaders say, has given the party some relief in terms of campaigning and moving about and to overcome what was becoming a heavy resentment against the party in the state.


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