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The BJP patches up with the Badals with an eye on Sikh votes in Delhi

No Powder Burns Prabhjot Singh Gill

Buried Hatchets

  • Delhi victory crucial for Narendra Modi’s personal image
  • Delhi state unit and Kiran Bedi lagging behind Kejriwal
  • SAD has substantial influence on the 10 lakh Sikh voters in Delhi
  • The BJP can’t afford another blow so soon after a so-so performance in J&K

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After months of bitter bickering, on the eve of Republic Day, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) finally decided to stitch up the tears in its saffron umbrella in Punjab. As the home ministry dialled Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) patron and Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal to announce its decision to confer the Padma Vibhushan on the veteran politician, BJP leaders in Delhi heaved a sigh of relief. After all, the brewing tension in the BJP-SAD relationship in the recent past had been a cause for worry. Not just for the political balance in Punjab, but for the ripple effect it would have on the BJP’s prospects in neighbouring states. A senior BJP leader in Delhi told Outlook, “Of course Badalsaab is deserving of the award. But there’s no denying it was also the need of the hour.” He added that “by all standards, the alliance had been pushed to the brink and it’s not exactly what we can afford right now”.

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