New Delhi: The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) are in talks to ally for the upcoming Assembly polls in Punjab,
SAD president Sukhbir Badal has confirmed that the two parties are currently in talks to finalise the agreement.
Under any such alliance, the BSP is likely to get 18 seats, most of them from the Doab and Majha region.
The BSP is expected to demand 27 seats but SAD has offered to put a Dalit to the post of Deputy CM if voted to power.
“Our talks with BSP are going and very soon we will update the media regarding this.” Badal had told reporters earlier this week.
BSP’s Punjab President Jasveer Singh also confirmed that two rounds of talks have taken place between the two parties.
However, he said that the final decision “on the issue will be taken by BSP chief Mayawati.”
SAD had ended its 23-year- long association with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2020 over the three new farm laws.
All the parties in Punjab are looking to fetch a Dalit face for the post of Chief Minister or Deputy Chief Minister.
BJP has announced that it will appoint a Dalit as CM if they form the next government in the state.
Amid the ongoing tussle, there are speculations that Congress may also announce a Dalit face for the post of Deputy CM.
Punjab will go to polls in February-March 2022.
Congress had won 77 seats out of 117 in the previous election held in 2017 as the SAD-BJP alliance was voted out of power after 10 years.