Punjab

Amit Shah and Amarinder Singh meet to discuss seat-sharing in Punjab.

Punjab Tribune Bureau | December 27, 2021 01:36 PM

BJP national president J P Nadda, Punjab in-charge party Shekhawat and former Akali Dal MLA Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa was also attended.

 CHANDIGARH: Capt Amarinder Singh on Monday met with Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP president J P Nadda to work out a seat-sharing arrangement between his Punjab Lok Congress and the BJP, weeks after he announced an alliance between the two for the upcoming high-drama Punjab Assembly election.

 

The meeting was also attended by the BJP’s Punjab in-charge and Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, as well as fromer Akali Dal MLA Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa.

 

As per sources, the BJP wants to establish itself as the alliance’s “Big Brother” by retaining a majority of 70 of the 117 assembly seats. Singh's outfit may be given 30-35 seats and Dhindsa's front can get 10-15 seats.

 

With a rally in the first week on January, Prime Minister Modi is likely to launch the alliance's campaign in Punjab.

Singh, who stepped down as Chief Minister and quit Congress after a bitter power tussle within the state party unit, had said earlier this month that the alliance is confirmed and only seat-sharing equations need to be finalised. "We will see who will contest where, our criteria for seat selection is purely winnability," Singh had told the media after a meeting with Shekhawat.

The 79-year-old had also expressed confidence that the alliance will put up a good show in the upcoming polls.

“The alliance will win the elections by a factor of 101 percent.” He’d said, “You can take that in writing.”

In a separate post, Shekhawat claimed that the alliance was formed after “seven rounds of talks.”

Singh, who led the Congress to a landslide victory in the 2017 Assembly elections, is fighting for his political life now.

He said he was repeatedly “humiliated” by the Congress high command while stepping down as Punjab Chief Minister months before the elections.

He said he is “neither tired nor retired” in his resignation letter to Congress leader Sonia Gandhi, which he also tweeted.

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