The political parties are sharpening their tactics for next year’s Punjab assembly elections. Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) have formed an alliance.
On Saturday, SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal told media that BSP and SAD would jointly contest the assembly elections. He said it was the new social and political beginning in Punjab. He said the SAD core committee meeting had decided to form an alliance with the BSP.
He said the BSP would contest from 20 seats in next year’s assembly elections. There are 117 seats in the Punjab Legislative Assembly. Of these, BSP was given the opportunity to contest from 20 seats. SAD will contest the remaining 97 seats.
Meanwhile, the SAD has put an end to its long association with the BJP due to new cultivation laws. The SAD withdrew from the NDA after a large-scale agitation by farmers across the state of Punjab over the laws. The SAD took the decision last year, accusing the NDA government of ignoring the sentiments of farmers.