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Posted at: Jan 12, 2019, 6:48 AM; last updated: Jan 12, 2019, 1:32 PM (IST)

Khaira meets Brahmpura, hints at forming alliance

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, January 11

Prior to 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Sukhpal Singh Khaira, president of the newly formed Punjabi Ekta Party, on Friday met SAD (Taksali) president Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, indicating a possibility of forming an alliance against the traditional parties. Former MLA Ravinder Singh Brahmpura, son of Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, was also present in the meeting.

Earlier, Khaira paid obeisance at the Golden Temple and Durgiana Mandir and said the meeting was necessitated to formulate a common roadmap in the interest of Punjab.

Both leaders held discussions for two hours. Khaira said in a democratic set-up, there could be no restraint on uniting ‘like-minded’ opposition parties, irrespective of their political differences. AAP MP Bhagwant Mann had also met Brahmpura on Janaury 7 to explore similar possibilities.

“This model was successful in Bihar where different parties united to topple the government. This could be tried here too. We might have differences with AAP but to avoid division of votes, it would be beneficial for Punjab if all the like-minded parties fight together to oust the traditional parties,” Khaira and Brahmpura said after the meeting.

Brahmpura said both Congress and SAD had done huge damage to the state and a political change was only possible when all opposition parties came on a common platform.

Contest from Sangrur: Mann to Bholath MLA

Sangrur: Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann has asked Bholath MLA Sukhpal Khaira to contest the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls from Sangrur to prove his popularity. He also accused Khaira of working to divide AAP on the directions of their political opponents. “If Khaira thinks that he is popular across Punjab, he should contest the forthcoming elections from Sangrur against me. If he announces to contest from Sangrur, I will be the first person to welcome him,” Mann said. TNS

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