The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) formed an alliance on Saturday for the 2022 Punjab Assembly elections.
Announcing the decision, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal said BSP will contest from 20 seats – 8 in Doaba region, 7 in Malwa and 5 in the Majha.
“The SAD & BSP have mutually decided that BSP will contest 20 out of 117 seats under alliance with SAD in 2022 assembly elections including 7 seats in Malwa, 5 in Majha & 8 in Doaba. A joint coordination comm will be formed to ensure seamless working of the #SAD_BSP_Alliance,” Sukhbir Singh Badal tweeted.
Badal said, “Today is an epoch making day. @Akali_Dal_,a 100 yr old party which always worked for interests of farmers, traders & poorer sections, has formed an alliance with BSP, the party of Punjabi son of soil–Saheb Kanshi Ram Ji & his worthy successor Behan @Mayawati Ji.”
He further said, “SAD-BSP alliance stands for all Punjabis & will unseat the corrupt Congress regime ruling the state. It will also put an end to the opportunist politics of AAP.The alliance will also act as a bulwark against the anti-federal policies of the BJP-led NDA govt.”
“SAD & BSP both believe in ‘Sarb Sanjhiwalta’ as espoused by Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji & Guru Ravi Das ji. SAD has always stood with the poor & taken all sections along in Punjab’s march to progress. Our alliance will cement this shared philosophy even further,” Badal added.
BSP supremo Mayawati urged the people of Punjab to support the historic alliance between the SAD and the BSP.
“The alliance announced by SAD and BSP in Punjab today is a new political and social initiative, which will surely usher in a new era of much-awaited development, progress and prosperity of the people in the state. Hearty congratulations and best wishes to the people for this historic step,” said Mayawati.
Mayawati also attacked the Congress-led government in Punjab, alleging that every section of the society was suffering in Punjab.
The two parties joined hands after the 1996 Lok Sabha elections. Last year, the SAD had broken ties with the BJP over farm laws.