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Badal Dal core-committee meeting: SAD (B) says decision on alliance to depend on BJP’s willingness

November 15, 2014 | By

Chandigarh: Punjab’s ruling party Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) yesterday held a meeting of it’s core committee at Chandigarh. The Tribune report highlights that the ‘SAD (Badal) core-committee members were irked over BJP salvos against the party’. Daily Ajit headline reads ‘Akali Dal ne duhrai Bhajpa naal sanjh jaari rakhan di isha’ (Badal Dal re-expressed it’s willingness to continue alliance with BJP”. Headline of Hindustan Times (HT) reads: “SAD core committee meets to discuss MC polls”.

Media reports say SAD (Badal) leaders were very concerned over it’s power ally’s offensive attitude.

SAD (B) is playing on the back foot saying that it would not break up alliance with BJP, but if the BJP decides to do so, then it’s up to the BJP leadership.

The meeting chaired by the Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. With senior BJP leaders in the state hitting out at the Badal Dal and criticizing the government, the special core committee meeting was called to discuss party strategy in dealing with the issue.

The Tribune (TT) report says [a]ll members of SAD core committee expressed their resentment against the frequent breach of coalition dharma by the BJP, party’s “junior” alliance partner in the government. The core committee members said they would not tolerate any more salvos being fired at them by the BJP’s state leaders.

“The committee members expressed anguish that Navjot Kaur Sidhu, who is holding the post of Chief Parliamentary Secretary, should frequently launch outbursts against the Akalis, and said that the issue needed to be taken up with the BJP leadership. Members also expressed concern over the recent statements made by other senior leaders like former deputy Speaker Satpal Gosain and Amritsar BJP chief Naresh Sharma, and the “continuous silence being maintained by the Punjab leadership of the BJP” on the tirade launched against the SAD and its leaders by their partymen” reads TT report.

Sukhbir Badal (L), Parkash Singh Badal (R) [File Photo]

Sukhbir Badal (L), Parkash Singh Badal (R) [File Photo]

The prime focus of the 2:30 hours long meeting was on upcoming local bodies elections. SAD (B) core committee decided to contest elections in alliance with BJP. According to Daily Ajit the Badal Dal leaders said that the party should insist on last time’s seat sharing formula, however ‘changes’ may be accepted on some seats.

Media reports say the first member to initiate the talk of “strain in ties between the coalition partners” was member of Parliament Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, who reportedly said that the issue cannot be taken lightly. Other members felt that the party cannot allow its image to be “ruined’ by their own alliance partner.

Though the chief minister refused to share as to how he proposed to remove the fissures in the SAD-BJP alliance, he tried to assure the remaining 13 members of the core committee by saying that he understood their anguish at the “strain in relations” and that he had apprise the BJP of their sentiments.

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