Thursday, January 20, 2022

    Swap seats before elections in Punjab, SAD-BSP agreement on two seats

    Chandigarh. The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Wednesday decided to exchange two seats with its ally Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) for next year’s Punjab Assembly elections. SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal said his party had decided to give two assembly seats to Sham Chaurasi and Kapurthala Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and from there took back Amritsar (Amritsar) North and Sujanpur assembly seats.

    Last month, SAD announced two candidates from Amritsar North and Sujanpur constituencies. At the time, Badal said the decision was taken with the consent of the BSP. Amritsar North and Sujanpur were among the 20 seats allotted to the BSP as a seat-sharing arrangement between the two alliance partners. Senior SAD leader Daljit Singh Cheema said on Wednesday, “SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal announced that the party had withdrawn Amritsar North and Sujanpur seats from the BSP. Instead, the BSP was given Sham Chaurasi and Kapurthala assembly seats.

    According to the alliance between the two parties for the upcoming assembly elections, the Mayawati-led BSP will contest 20 of the 117 assembly seats in Punjab and the SAD will contest the rest. It is speculated that the Election Commission may conduct the 2022 Assembly elections between March and April. Voting is scheduled for next year in five states.

    SAD has banned the ‘Gal Punjab The’ campaign for six days
    Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Sukhbir Singh Badal on Friday banned his party’s election campaign ‘Gal Punjab Di’ for six days. The party also formed a committee to discuss with the farmers, reiterating the “continued support” of the Akalis for the movement against the three agricultural laws at the Center.

    Badal said the party “does not want any clashes with farmers”. A group of farmers tried to force their way into a program of the Shiromani Akali Dal in Moga district of Punjab on Thursday. Badal was speaking on the occasion. Police charged batons and used water cannons to disperse farmers.

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