ChandigarhOne hour agoWriter: Sukhbir Singh Bajwa
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SAD President Sukhbir Badal has announced that Dalit will be made Deputy CM.
After breaking the alliance with Bharatiya Janata Party, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) is now preparing to contest the 2022 assembly elections in alliance with BSP. The tie-up has been finalized after several marathon meetings over two months. However, a formal announcement has not been made yet. It is believed that the final decision regarding the seats in both the parties has not yet been taken.
The SAD wants to give limited seats to the BSP like the BJP, but sources say that the BSP is asking for more seats. It is demanding around 30% seats, that is, 37 to 40 seats, but the SAD wants to give only 18 seats. BSP’s Punjab in-charge Randhir Singh Bainipal told Bhaskar that if we have to give up two to four seats in the alliance, we are ready for it. On the other hand, Dr. Daljit Singh Cheema of SAD said that SAD is preparing a strategy in this regard.
Eye on 33% Dalit vote bank
Various politicians have been making allegations of neglecting Dalits in the state. Recently, this issue was raised by various leaders in front of the high command committee even during the Congress squabble. He said that there is no hearing of Dalits in the state. When there is no hearing of Dalit MLAs, what will happen to the general public. For this the government should take concrete steps. That is why this time all parties have a special eye on the 33% Dalit vote bank. That is why all the parties are busy in favoring the Dalit leaders.
Announcement to make Dalit Deputy CM possible
A day earlier, SAD President Sukhbir Badal has announced that Dalit will be made Deputy CM. Because most of the leaders of BSP in the state are considered to be Dalits, so the SAD will get the benefit of this alliance. To know the status of its party and Dalit leaders in the state, Akali Dal is conducting a survey in all the 117 assembly constituencies in the state, in which it will be found out in which area, how many supporters of Dalit leaders and how many votes they can get. At the same time, the SAD is also assessing its party.
BJP has also announced to make Dalit CM
On the other hand, in view of the preparations of the Akalis and BSP and to get the support of the Dalits, the state BJP has also announced the appointment of a Dalit as the CM, so that the questions being raised by the Dalits for ignoring them can be put to rest. However, political analysts believe that the Shiromani Akali Dal has made a comeback in wooing the Dalits by tying up with the Bahujan Samaj Party. After this decision, it is now to be seen how much support the Dalits get in the elections to other parties in the state.