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Punjab lok congress and BJP TIE ALMOST FINALISED

The expected tie-up between Captain Amarinder Singh’s Punjab Lok Congress and the BJP is inching closer to finalisation with the former Punjab chief minister set to meet BJP chief JP Nadda here on Saturday.

Sources said Singh will call on Nadda at the latter’s home here on Saturday to discuss the contours of the alliance. They may explore a broad understanding over seat-sharing and other issues.

BJP Punjab election in-charge and Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and party national general secretary in-charge of the state Dushyant Gautam are also likely to attend the meeting.

A senior BJP leader said the party has been open to an alliance with Captain Amarinder Singh since he quit the Congress and floated his own party. He did not commit to a timeline for finalisation of the tie-up but maintained it is in the works.

With Shiromani Akali Dal walking out of the NDA on the farm laws issue in 2020, BJP has been on the lookout for an alliance partner which could garner the Jat Sikh votes for it. BJP has influence only in the Assembly seats located in Gurdaspur, Hoshiarpur (reserved-SC) and Amritsar. Its main support base comprises the Hindu voters.

SAD has ruled out a return to the NDA fold after the farm Laws were repealed. Its decision to quit NDA was to ward off the wrath of the Punjab voters in the wake of passage of the farm laws. It will contest the 2022 polls in alliance with BSP with the hope of combining the Jat Sikh and Dalit votes.

In the SAD-BJP alliance, the saffron party used to contest 23 of the 117 seats. BJP is likely to contest on a higher number of seats in its alliance with Singh’s party.

Elections are likely to be announced in the first week of January.

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