The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) entered into an alliance with Mayawati’s (BSP) on Saturday for the 2022 Assembly elections in Punjab.
Announcing the decision, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal said BSP will contest from 20 seats — 8 in the Dalit-dominated Doaba region, 7 in Malwa and 5 in the Majha belt.
The two parties are joining hands 27 years after the 1996 Lok Sabha elections. Badal’s party had broken ties with the BJP last year over the Centre’s contentious farm laws.
Sitting in front of a banner that read “Soch Vikas Di, Nawen Punjab Di (Punjab’s development is the new mantra of the young), Sukhbir called the pact with BSP “a big turn in the state’s politics”.
In the 2017 Assembly elections, BSP had contested from 111 seats but had failed to win any.