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SAD, BSP to jointly contest Punjab Assembly election

Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal made the announcement.   | Photo Credit: AFP

As the battle for the upcoming Assembly election in Punjab gains momentum, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on June 12 joined hands to contest the polls due in early 2022 in the State.

SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal made an announcement in this regard.

“As per the seat-sharing arrangement, the SAD will contest 97 seats and the BSP 20,” he said here at a press conference.

There are a total of 117 Assembly constituencies in Punjab.

Mr. Badal said the alliance was not a temporary one and would remain intact as both parties will contest not just the upcoming Assembly poll but other elections together as well.

Given the fact that Dalits make up nearly 32% of the total population in the State, the alliance is being seen as critical for the SAD, especially after it broke its alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party over the contentious farm laws issue.

With the Assembly poll a few months away, parties are aware of the importance of Dalit votes. The SAD had earlier announced it would appoint a Dalit as Deputy Chief Minister if it forms the government. With the announcement on Dr. Ambedkar’s birth anniversary, the SAD attempted to convey that it is pro-Dalit.


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