October 20, 2014 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Chandigarh/ Punjab: BJP state in-charge leader Shanta Kumar said the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) must take lessons from the poll outcome in Haryana. He said the SAD (Badal) should know that its experiment of having a coalition with other parties had failed to bring any harm to the BJP.
“The BJP has emerged stronger despite their opposition. Our alliance partner must understand that it has failed to make any difference in Haryana,” he said.
Advising the SAD to rethink its strategy, Shanta said the SAD claimed that the INLD was its long-term partner. “But it’s against the coalition dharma of the NDA,” he added.
The poll outcome of Haryana is expected to leave strong bearings on ruling alliance of Punjab. Badal Dal leaders proactively campaigned in favor INLD candidates against their Punjab ally BJP’s candidates during Haryana elections.
The assembly election results will make BJP more assertive in Punjab where it has a coalition government with the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal). For last few decades the BJP was acting as a junior partner in Punjab but after land-sliding victory in Lok Sabha elections, followed by massive success in Haryana and Maharashtra assembly elections, the Hindutva political outfit seem to be in mood of throwing away the “junior partner” jacket.
The analysts suspect that the BJP may not be interested in triggering breakup with immediate effect but it might decide to contest 2017 state assembly elections alone.
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