The battle for Punjab in 2022 has begun. Taking the lead the Shiromani Akali Dal and the Bahujan Samaj Party formed an alliance . Announcing the tie-up at a press conference, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal described it as a “new day in politics of Punjab”.
“Today, is a historic day…a big turn in Punjab’s politics,” he said in the presence of BSP General Secretary Satish Chandra Mishra.
He said the SAD and the BSP will jointly fight the 2022 polls and other elections together. We will work to end corruption and scams under Congress’ leadership. The current govt is anti-Dalits and anti-farmers while we will work for everyone’s welfare and development said BSP MP Satish Mishra as quoted by ANI
Mishra further told ANI, It’s a historic day as the alliance has been formed with Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), which is Punjab’s biggest party. In 1996 both BSP & SAD jointly fought Lok Sabha polls and emerged victorious on 11 of 13 seats. This time the alliance won’t be broken.
The Mayawati-led BSP will fight 20 of the 117 assembly seats in Punjab, while the rest will be contested by the SAD, he said.
Among the seats which the BSP will contest are Kartarpur Sahib in Jalandhar, Jalandhar-West, Jalandhar-North, Phagwara, Hoshiarpur Urban, Dasuya, Chamkaur Sahib in Rupnagar district, Bassi Pathana, Sujanpur in Pathankot, Mohali, Amritsar North and Amritsar Central.
The SAD earlier had a tie-up with the BJP and the Badal-led party walked out of the NDA over the farm laws issue last year.
The BJP used to contest 23 seats under its alliance with the SAD.