The Shiromani Akali Dal forms an alliance with the Bahujan Samaj Party, after breaking ties with BJP. The Akali Dal, led by Sukhbir Singh Badal, made this new alliance with Mayawati’s party ahead of the Punjab assembly elections to be held in 2022, aiming to fill the gap in several seats.
The Punjab State Assembly comprises 117 seats, out of which BSP will contest for 20 seats and the remaining 97 will be contested by the Akali Dal, said Sukhbir Singh.
Sukhbir Singh Badala confronted the media and said at a press conference, “Today is a huge day in Punjab politics. The Akali Dal and Bahujan Samaj Party will be fighting the Punjab Assembly elections and the future polls together”. In 1996, the Shiromani Akali Dal and BSP joined hands to fight the Lok Sabha elections and bagged victory over 11 of 13 seats.
As the Punjab Assembly Elections are approaching next year, Sukhbir Singh Badal made a statement and said, “The Akali Dal is open for tie-ups. We are open to other parties barring BJP, Congress, and AAP.”
The Akali Dal has always been an ally to BJP. Sukhbir Singh said, “There’s no chance that we will form an alliance with BJP”. The Shiromani Akali Dal also pulled out from the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) led by the BJP government that currently controls the Union Government. Sukhbir Singh Badal also made a remark on the recently passed Farm Bill and said that the bills are “Lethal and Disastrous”.
Founded in the year 1920, the Shiromani Akali Dal is a Sikh-centric political party in Punjab. It is the most influential Punjab political party worldwide that is currently led by Sukhbir Singh Badal.