Days after Severing Ties With BJP, SAD Stitches Alliance with INLD for Assembly Elections in Haryana
The SAD, which is the part of the ruling NDA at the Centre, had snapped ties with the BJP in the state after its lone MLA from Kalanwali Balkaur Singh switched to the saffron party.
File photo of SAD leader Sukhbir Singh Badal.
Chandigarh: Days after severing ties with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Haryana, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) here on Wednesday announced to contest the state assembly polls in alliance with the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD).
The SAD, which is the part of the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) at the Centre, had snapped ties with the BJP in the state after its lone MLA from Kalanwali Balkaur Singh switched to the saffron party.
The SAD had contested the 2014 assembly elections in the state in alliance with the INLD. Their alliance had come to an end in 2017 over the issue of the Sutlej-Yamuna link canal.
On Thursday, Akali candidates will file their nomination papers from Kalanwali, Ratia and Guhla Cheeka. The remaining seats, which would be contested jointly with the INLD, would be declared on October 3, said SAD vice-president Daljit Singh Cheema here on Wednesday evening. He, however, refused to tell on how many seats the SAD will be fielding its candidates.
In a statement here, SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal said party patron Parkash Singh Badal and INLD supremo Om Prakash Chautala would accompany Ratia and Kalanwali candidates for the filing of nomination papers.
Rajinder Singh Desujodha, who defected to the SAD from the BJP on Tuesday, will file his nomination papers for the Kalanwali seat while Kulwinder Singh Kunal will submit papers for the Ratia assembly segment.
Ram Kumar Revarh Jagir would be the SAD-INLD candidate from Guhla Cheeka, said Cheema. The SAD was initially looking to forge an alliance with the BJP for the Haryana assembly elections. However, it could not materialise.
The SAD had taken a strong exception to the induction of Akali MLA Balkaur Singh into BJP fold, terming it "unethical". The SAD had also accused the BJP of backtracking from its commitment of contesting the Haryana assembly polls jointly after "soliciting" its support for the Lok Sabha elections.
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