Amarinder Singh Announces Alliance With BJP

Chandigarh: Former Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh had a meeting with BJP in-charge Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on December 17 in Delhi. Amarinder has announced an alliance of Punjab Lok Congress and BJP for Punjab Elections. Singh, who recently broke away from Congress and floated his own party ‘Punjab Lok Congress’ met senior BJP leader and Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat to forge an alliance between the two parties.

Amarinder took to twitter to make the announcement of the alliance. He tweeted a photo hugging Gajendra, and captioned, “Met union minister & @BJP4India incharge for Punjab, Shri @gssjodhpur in New Delhi today to chalk out future course of action ahead of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha elections. We have formally announced a seat adjustment with the BJP for the 2022 Punjab Vidhan Sabha elections.”

Amarinder says that now they are ready, and will win the elections. The decision on seat-sharing will be taken on the seat to seat basis, with winnability being the priority. We are 101% sure of winning this election.

“After 7 rounds of talks, today I confirm that BJP & Punjab Lok Congress are going to fight the upcoming Punjab Assembly elections together. Topics like seat share will be discussed later,” Shekhawat was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

In an interview with CNN-News18 earlier, Singh had said that he wants Prime Minister Narendra Modi to campaign for him in the elections. Singh, who has openly criticised Congress after resigning from CM’s chair, said he will campaign for the BJP in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand polls.

“It will be easy for me to attack the Congress. I would want the PM to campaign for me and I will campaign for the BJP in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand where there are Sikhs,” he had said.

Punjab is scheduled to go to the polls next year and what makes the election more interesting is the political development in the Union territory in the last six months. Amarinder Singh was asked to resign from the chief minister’s post by the Congress high command as Congress MLAs rebelled against him. Following the ‘insult’, Singh quit the Congress and floated Punjab Lok Congress. The room for forging an alliance with the BJP was always open with the farm laws being the only roadblock as Amarinder Singh opposed the three farm laws since the beginning. With the Centre repealing those laws just ahead of the Punjab election, the road for an alliance with the BJP became clear from Singh.

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