Last Update: February 03, 2023, 16:51 IST
Mayawati (centre) with Sukhbir Singh Badal and Harsimrat Kaur Badal. (Twitter)
The indications came when SAD leaders Sukhbir Badal and Harsimrat Kaur Badal met BSP supremo Mayawati in Delhi on Thursday and discussed what insiders have said about the alliance and its strategy for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) is looking to continue its alliance with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in a bid to revive its faltering fortunes in next year’s Lok Sabha polls, even though they lost in last year’s state assembly polls. were lost together.
The signals came when SAD leaders Sukhbir Badal and Harsimrat Kaur Badal met BSP supremo Mayawati in Delhi on Thursday and discussed the alliance and strategy for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls with reference to Punjab.
After the meeting, Mayawati tweeted, “Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal and the top leadership of Bahujan Samaj Party met in Delhi today to discuss the strategy to strengthen the old alliance and better coordination in the next Lok Sabha general elections. Punjab Punjab In. The meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere and the talks were fruitful.
Describing the BSP-SAD alliance as trustworthy, he said that the eyes of the public are on it.
1.Shiromani Akali Dal chief Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal and the top leadership of Bahujan Samaj Party held a meeting in Delhi today to discuss the future strategy in a congenial atmosphere with regard to strength of old mutual alliance and better coordination etc. in the next Lok Sabha general elections in Punjab. Fruitful conversation.— Mayawati (@Mayawati) February 2, 2023
Wishing good health and long life to Shiromani Akali Dal patron and former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Mayawati said his contribution in building and strengthening the SAD-BSP alliance was commendable. He said his blessings to the alliance remained strong as ever.
At the ground level, SAD sources said the two were moving towards an agreement for the Lok Sabha polls. Party insiders said the defeat in the assembly elections was more due to local factors, which were heavily in favor of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). A senior Akali Dal leader said, “The general election is a different ball game and both fighting it together can help transfer votes to each other which may give the alliance a good chance.”
thanks behan @Mayawati Thank you for the delicious lunch and the warmth with which you hosted it. Thank you for truly making us feel like we are a family. It was great to re-value our shared vision among people. Congratulations and best wishes for the good health of Mr. Badal. pic.twitter.com/jZs3g73yzm— Harsimrat Kaur Badal (@HarsimratBadal_) February 2, 2023
The party is also considering a joint candidate for the bypoll to the Jalandhar constituency, which fell vacant after the death of Congress leader Santokh Singh Choudhary. One leader remarked, “If we decide to put up a joint candidate, it could be a test for the alliance.”
The BSP had contested the 2022 assembly elections in Punjab together with the Akali Dal. BSP fielded candidates on 20 seats and SAD on 97 seats. SAD won three and BSP one seat. While Akali Dal got 18.38% votes, BSP got 1.77% votes.
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