Chandigarh: Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) President Sukhbir Singh Badal is scheduled to meet senior Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leaders in Chandigarh today to announce the details of their alliance for the upcoming assembly polls in Punjab.
Both parties have been in talks to form an alliance for the upcoming Assembly polls in Punjab, SAD president Sukhbir Badal confirmed on Friday, and added that they 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.
In a crucial political move, SAD-BSP alliance will join hands once again after 27 years, since the 1996 Lok Sabha polls. The alliance at that time had bagged 11 of the 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab. While BSP had won all the three seats it had contested, SAD bagged eight out of 10 in 1996 polls.
SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal is said to be behind the revival of the alliance.
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.
BSP has a strong presence among Dalits in over 20 seats under the Doaba region. Dalits make for more than one-third of the population in Punjab.
Amid the ongoing tussle, there are speculations that BJP and Congress may also announce a Dalit face for the post of Deputy CM.
Punjab is scheduled to go to polls in February-March 2022.
In 2017, Congress had won 77 seats out of 117 in the previous election as the SAD-BJP alliance was voted out of power after 10 years.