Union minister Gajendra Shekhawat said on Monday, that the Bhartiya Janata Party will contest the assembly polls in Punjab in alliance with Amarinder Singh’s Punjab Lok Congress and Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa’s SAD (Sanyukt), PTI reported.
Former Punjab Chief Minister Singh and Rajya Sabha MP Dhindsa met with the BJP’s top leaders, including party president J P Nadda and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, at Shah’s residence in New Delhi to chalk out a strategy for the polls.
On September 18, Amarinder Singh, who was also a former Congress leader, had stepped down as the Chief Minister amid a tussle with Punjab party President Navjot Singh Sidhu.
He quit the Congress party in October and floated the Punjab Lok Congress. During that period, Singh had said that if the farmers’ demands to repeal the agriculture laws were met, he was hopeful of a seat-sharing arrangement with the BJP.
According to reports, it was decided that the Saffron party, Singh’s party along with Dhindsa’s party will jointly contest the upcoming in Punjab, scheduled early next year.
“Today, it is being officially announced that the BJP, Amarinder Singh’s party and Dhindsa’s party will jointly contest the upcoming assembly polls in Punjab,” Shekhawat was quoted as saying by PTI.
Union Minister Shekhawat, who is poll in-charge for Punjab’s BJP, said to finalise the seat sharing agreement, a joint committee will be formed consisting of two leaders from each party, as per reports.