Former CM, Capt Amarinder Singh’s led Punjab Lok Congress announced an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party for the 2022 assembly elections in Punjab.
“To chalk out future course of action ahead of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha elections. We have formally announced a seat adjustment with the BJP for the 2022 Punjab Vidhan Sabha elections,” former chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh said in a tweet on Friday evening after a meeting with BJP’s Punjab election in charge Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.
Gajendra Shekhawat also confirmed the alliance. Exuding confidence of a definite win and reconfirming the saffron party’s alliance with the Punjab Lok Congress, Shekhawat said: “Capt Amarinder Singh, former Chief Minister of Punjab and founder of Punjab Lok Congress, visited Delhi residence today”.
“Discussions with him reflected his long political experience. He has the interest of the people of Punjab in his heart. We had a pleasant exchange in this regard.”
“I have a special regard for Captain. BJP’s top leadership has already indicated that we will fight the elections together,” he said.
Shekhawat said details of seat-sharing will be announced at an "appropriate time".
"The alliance will definitely, 101 per cent win the elections. And winnability will be the main criterion in finalising seats," Capt Amarinder Singh said.
Elections for Punjab's 117 assembly seats are due early next year.
Capt Amarinder Singh stepped down as chief minister of Punjab in September after a long-running feud with Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu, formerly a minister of his own cabinet. Capt Amarinder Singh has since resigned from the Congress and announced his own party.
A press conference he held at the launch of his party in November, Capt Amarinder Singh said he'd be open to an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party for the 2022 assembly elections provided that the BJP-led central government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi resolved the crisis over the controversial agriculture laws that farmers primarily from Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh had been protesting against since last year.
The three laws had led to a falling out between BJP and its old alliance partner in Punjab, the Shiromani Akali Dal.