Though till date not a single SAD leader has dared to say anything against their alliance with BJP, but the statement of senior BJP leader and party’s core panel member Madan Mohan Mittal that the BJP was ready to contest all 117 Assembly seats in Punjab, has confirmed that BJP has started searching for its independent space in Punjab. BJP is unlikely to rely on SAD for forthcoming 2022 assembly elections.
Mittal has claimed that alone SAD cannot form next government in Punjab, but if the party wants to keep the alliance intact, BJP should be allowed to contest 59 seats across Punjab. But the latest demand of BJP has not gone down well with SAD leaders as till date SAD has contested 94 seats and the BJP 23.
Though Punjab BJP chief Ashwani Sharma has denied having any such discussion on party level, but it has brought the aspirations of BJP leaders to fore.
After the resignation of Harsimrat Kaur Badal from the central cabinet, neither Badal family nor any SAD leader has said anything against their alliance with BJP. All SAD leaders have been trying to separate the resignation from the alliance, but it’s not possible as time has come when SAD has to take a stand. SAD, which has always claimed to be the champion of farmers, must clarify its stand whether its with farmers or with central BJP government, which has passed controversial farm bills. Things have reached at such a flashpoint, that SAD cannot have a double standard and it will have to clarify its stand.
The breaking of the SAD-BJP alliance is inevitable as SAD cannot contest in Punjab by going against farmers. It’s better if SAD leaders take lead in ending their alliance with BJP.