Chandigarh, January 23
Fissures have developed in BJP-Punjab Lok Congress- SAD (Sanyukt) alliance over seat sharing.
There is strong resentment among our cadre over seat sharing. We will discuss the issue with our cadre. — Parminder Dhindsa , SAD (Sanyukt)
According to sources, SAD (Sanyukt) has lodged a protest with BJP regarding not getting the seats they have been demanding for the 2022 Assembly elections.
Instead, SAD (Sanyukt) has been asked to contest from the segments, which they were never intersted in contesting from.
Mansa and Mohali seats, have also become a bone of contention, which SAD (Sanyukt) wanted at any cost. However, they got none of these. Another issue that has cropped up is that SAD (Sanyukt) wanted to contest from 20 segments, but have been offered just 15 seats in the alliance.
Sources revealed that SAD (Sanyukt) has also conveyed to the top BJP leadership that undue weightage has been given to Capt Amarinder Singh-led Punjab Lok Congress.
The sources revealed that SAD (Sanyukt) leaders conveyed to the saffron party that they have been denied those constituencies, where Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) has strong presence.
A senior leader on condition of anonymity said denying ticket to SAD (Sanyukt) in Badal strong hold would only help the latter.
The sources revealed that when the seat sharing formula was finalised, leaders of all the three parties did not sit together, but BJP’s top brass held seperate meetings with PLC and SAD (Sanyukt) leaders and allocated the seats.
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