Alliance partners BJP and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Thursday signalled that there were no discordant notes in their partnership, as both sides affirmed that their commitment to staying allies was “rock solid”. They even announced a six member co-ordination committee to work out electoral issues and future strategy.
Soon after his meeting with the SAD leadership, including party patriarch Parkash Singh Badal and party chief Sukhbir Singh Badal, BJP chief Amit Shah in a tweet indicated that the meeting with SAD ahead of the crucial 2019 general elections was off to a good start.
“It is always a delight to meet Badal Sahab. Met Shri Parkash Singh Badal ji and Shri @officeofssbadal ji at their home in Chandigarh,” he tweeted.
At a time when the BJP is grappling with the growing echo of discontent from its other allies, such as RLSP and JD(U); former Punjab deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal gave it a helping hand by asking other alliance partners to bury their differences.
“I would like to appeal to all our allies that this is the time to fight; the battle is in six months. We should get together and cast away all our differences” Sukhbir said when asked about the concerns voiced by the Shiv Sena.
Two senior leaders of the party, Rajya Sabha member Balwinder Bhundar and former minister Sikander Maluka, who had earlier accused the BJP of ignoring the SAD in last four years at the Centre, chose not to raise the issue at the meeting with Shah, people aware of the developments said.