Amarinder Singh today declared a Punjab election alliance with the BJP, a move that had been expected since he left the Congress last month.
After meeting with the BJP leadership in Delhi, the former Punjab Chief Minister made the declaration. He also posted images of himself hugging the BJP’s Punjab in-charge, Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.
“Our coalition (with the BJP) has been confirmed. Only seat-sharing negotiations are taking place. We’ll see who will compete where; our seat selection criteria are solely based on winnability “Reporters were briefed by Amarinder Singh.
“The alliance has a 100 percent chance of winning the elections. You have my permission to put that in writing “Added he.
In a second article, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat claimed that the agreement was reached after “seven rounds of talks.” Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, a former Akali Dal leader, is expected to join the coalition.
Amarinder Singh, still smarting from his “humiliation” in the Congress, had begun talks with the BJP for a Punjab cooperation even before resigning from his 40-year party.
According to reports, the “Captain” had specified one condition: the repeal of three farm regulations that had been at the center of a year-long protest by farmers in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, and other states.
According to sources, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to repeal the controversial rules was influenced in part by the BJP’s intentions for Punjab, where it had long been a junior partner to the Akali Dal until their split over the farmer protests.
According to insiders, as the BJP forms a new alliance with Amarinder Singh, it intends to negotiate a senior partner position with a larger share of seats than the Punjab Lok Congress.
The coalition represents a major political shift in Punjab, adding a fourth corner to an increasingly tight race that appeared to be highly tilted in favor of the state’s ruling Congress only a few months ago.
The Congress confronts a difficult struggle from Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party in Punjab now that it has a new “Captain” at the helm (AAP). Sukhbir Badal of the Akali Dal has joined Mayawati’s BSP. After being unexpectedly ousted as Chief Minister in September, Amarinder Singh, 79, left the Congress, bringing an end to his long-running dispute with Punjab Congress Chief Navjot Singh Sidhu. He met with Prime Minister Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi after cutting off all relations with the Congress leadership.