Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Sukhbir Badal has hit out at Punjab and Aam Aadmi Party by riding on the elephant of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) of former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati. BSP will create trouble for Congress and AAP in the 2022 assembly elections.
Actually, Sukhbir has made a big political move by tying up with Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). He has started creating problems for Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party with this move. Out of the 20 seats, the Shiromani Akali Dal has left for the BSP, Congress has MLAs in 18 seats. This agreement is also sure to have a direct impact on Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party. BSP has also given strength to contest in 12 such seats in seat-sharing which is general. This clearly indicates that the BSP does not want to remain confined to only Dalit seats in Punjab.
If elephant and takdi break into Dalit vote bank then Congress and AAP will have to suffer the most
The Akali Dal has also tried to hit many targets with a single arrow regarding the new alliance regarding the upcoming Legislative Assembly. On the one hand, he has tried to break into the Dalit vote bank of Congress and Aam Aadmi Party, while on the other hand, he has also tried to refute the allegation that the Akali Dal and BJP are united internally despite the break up of the alliance. Out of the seats given to the BSP, eight are AC seats where the BJP has been considered to have a good support base. These include Pathankot, Sujanpur, Jalandhar North, Jalandhar West, Dasuha, Hoshiarpur, Phagwara and Bhoa. However, at present, Sujanpur is the only seat where the BJP candidate has won. Out of this, if Bhoa's seat is omitted, then all the seats come in urban areas.
Since the opposition of farmers' organizations to the Agricultural Reform Act has limited the way for the BJP to reach the rural areas. At the same time, BJP has to rely only on urban areas. Let us inform that 34 seats are reserved for the Dalit quota in Punjab in the Legislative Assembly of 117 seats.
If we look at the 2017 election results, the Aam Aadmi Party dominated the Dalit seats after Congress. Congress had won 21 out of 34 seats. AAP candidates won nine seats. One in BJP's account and three seats in Akali Dal's account. That too belonged to the whole of Doaba. Akali Dal's account could not even be opened in Malwa and Majha.
In 2019, Congress had won this seat after the seat fell vacant after Som Prakash, the MLA from Phagwara, won the Lok Sabha elections. After which the Congress had 22 Dalit MLAs. Akali Dal is eyeing the same vote bank of Congress and AAP. At the same time, the Akali Dal has given 8 seats of Doaba to the BSP. Because Dalits dominate in Doaba. Political pundits also believe that the equation of Dalit politics in Doaba affects the entire state.
At the same time, AAP Legislature Party leader Harpal Cheema says that the Shiromani Akali Dal has made a mismatched alliance to save its existence. The base of BSP was not there even before and the base of SAD is gone. This alliance is just to scratch each other's back.
At the same time, Congress has also taken a dig at this alliance. Congress state president Sunil Jakhar says that Sukhbir Badal has little option. Under his leadership, the support base of the Akali Dal is eroding. They also know this. The sacrilege party alliance will not be able to help them in 2022.
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