Last Updated: February 03, 2023, 16:51 IST
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) is considering persevering with its tie-up with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) to revive its sagging fortunes in subsequent yr’s Lok Sabha elections, though collectively they had been decimated in final yr’s state meeting elections.
The indications got here when SAD leaders Sukhbir Badal and Harsimrat Kaur Badal met BSP Supremo Mayawati in Delhi on Thursday to talk about what insiders say was the alliance and the technique for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections in the context of Punjab.
After the assembly Mayawati tweeted: “Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal and the top leadership of the Bahujan Samaj Party held a meeting in Delhi today to discuss the strategy regarding the strengthening of the old alliance and better coordination in the next Lok Sabha general elections in Punjab. The meeting was held in a congenial atmosphere and the conversation was beneficial.”
Describing the BSP-SAD alliance as reliable, she stated the individuals had been it.
1.शिरोमणि अकाली दल के प्रमुख श्री सुखवीर सिंह बादल व बहुजन समाज पार्टी के शीर्ष नेतृत्व की आज दिल्ली में हुई बैठक में पंजाब में अगले लोकसभा आमचुनाव में पुराने आपसी गठबंधन की मज़बूती व बेहतर तालमेल आदि के सम्बंध में सौहार्दपूर्ण वातावरण में आगे की रणनीति पर लाभकारी बातचीत।— Mayawati (@Mayawati) February 2, 2023
Wishing Shiromani Akali Dal patron and former Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal good well being and a protracted life, Mayawati stated his contribution to constructing and strengthening the SAD-BSP alliance was commendable. His blessings to the alliance remained as robust as ever, she stated.
On the bottom, SAD sources stated that the 2 had been inching in direction of an settlement for the LS polls. Party insiders stated that the debacle in the meeting polls had been extra on account of native elements which weighed closely in favour of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). “The general elections are a different ball game and the two fighting it together can help transfer of votes to each other which can give the alliance a good chance,” stated a senior SAD chief.
Thank you Behan @Mayawati ji for the pleasant lunch & heat with which you hosted it.Thanks certainly for making us really feel we’re household. It was nice to have our shared imaginative and prescient abt the individuals re-emphasised. Have conveyed your regards & greatest needs to Badal sahab for his nicely being. pic.twitter.com/jZs3g73yzm— Harsimrat Kaur Badal (@HarsimratBadal_) February 2, 2023
The social gathering can also be considering a joint candidate for the bypolls to the Jalandhar constituency which has fallen vacant after the loss of life of Congress chief Santokh Singh Chaudhary. “This could be the test for the alliance if we decide to put up a joint candidate,” a pacesetter remarked.
The BSP had contested the 2022 meeting election in Punjab in alliance with the SAD. The BSP had fielded candidates on 20 seats and the SAD on 97 seats. The SAD gained three seats and BSP managed to win one seat. While SAD secured 18.38% votes, the BSP polled 1.77% votes.
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