Union Minister for Jal Shakti and Punjab elections responsible for BJP Gajendra Singh Shekhawat announced on Friday that the saffron party will fight the 2022 Assembly’s polls in Punjab in alliance with Captain Amarinder Singhled the Punjab Lok Congress Party.
Gajendra’s announcement came after he held a meeting in New Delhi at his residence with the former prime minister.
Speaking to media people after the meeting, Shekhawat said: “Captain Saan and I had met in Chandigarh. Interior Minister Amit Shah ji and BJP National Party President JP Nadda ji have already indicated that we will fight the election together. After this meeting “I can say that together we must fight the assembly election. We will inform you about the division of seats at an appropriate time,” he said.
When asked if Amarinder will be the alliance’s face to the post of prime minister, Shekhawat said: “The alliance in itself is a face and you will soon get all the answers.”
Meanwhile, Amarinder said: “We have been in talks with the BJP leadership for some time now. We are pleased that the Minister has confirmed the same to you today. We are 100 percent ready for the election and we will win it. “We will come to an understanding from seat to seat. Winability is our criteria. Wherever BJP candidates are strong, we will support them and vice versa.”
Amarinder said the alliance meets no opposition from anyone. “We have no competition from Congress, Akalis or the AAP. We will win 101 percent,” he said, commenting on the development announcements made by the Prime Minister Charanjit Singh ChanniAmarinder said it takes four months to a year and a half for any scheme to be implemented. “Can you complete your messages on earth in another week’s time when the Code of Conduct will be imposed? This is just a drama,” he said.
When Amarinder was asked to comment on the appointment of the new DGP in Punjab, Amarinder said the question should be asked to those “who appoint new DGPs every other day”.
Asked about Punjab’s congressional president Navjot Singh Sidhu using an insult at a press conference in Chandigarh, Amarinder said he was not aware of it, but Shekhawat intervened and said “jo jiska charitra hai wo waisi hee baat karega (a person speaks after its nature). “
Meanwhile, an Amarinder aide said the meeting with the BJP was being held to determine a future action ahead of the Punjab election Vidhan Sabha. The former CM has said on several occasions that he will enter into a seat-sharing agreement with the BJP, while the Union’s Interior Minister Amit Shah had also said that negotiations are under way with Amarinder.
Friday’s meeting was the second between Amarinder and Shekhawat in the last two weeks. On December 7, Shekhawat had visited the former CM’s farm on the outskirts of Chandigarh for a lunch meeting and held one-on-one talks.
In the last few days, Amarinder has accelerated the activities of its new party and has opened its offices in Chandigarh and has also included several leaders from Congress and SAD in its party fold. These include a former congressman from Ludhiana and a former Akali MLA from Malerkotla among several second-rate leaders across the Punjab.
Amarinder’s party has also announced officials for several districts in Punjab in an attempt to increase the party’s presence in the state ahead of the 2022 polls.