New alignments post farmers’ stir? - ECAS Punjab

New alignments post farmers’ stir?

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Ruchika M Khanna

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 16

SAD (Democratic) leader Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa today said he had held a few informal meetings with AAP leaders recently. "I did meet the AAP Punjab affairs in charge Jarnail Singh besides the AAP MPs in the Rajya Sabha. But these meetings were informal. I believe there is enough space for a non-Congress, non-Akali Dal political front in Punjab," he told The Tribune.

Jarnail Singh, when contacted, said he had recently met Dhindsa in Delhi. "It's too early to say at this juncture whether there will be any such alliance. Not just the SAD (Democratic), we too are looking for like-minded allies, who want to work for Punjab's betterment," he said.

Jarnail Singh ruled out any alliance with the BSP, saying the two parties had the same vote base. Dhindsa was believed to be inclined towards the BJP when he left the SAD (Badal) in February last. But sensing the strong anti-BJP sentiment in Punjab following the farmers' stir, an astute Dhindsa now seems to have decided to look for allies elsewhere.

from The Tribune

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