BJP’s return in Punjab’s electoral scenario, alliance with Amarinder possible

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Chandigarh: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement to repeal three agriculture laws of the Center is expected to help the Bharatiya Janata Party in the upcoming Punjab Assembly elections. Political analysts raised this possibility here on Friday. The BJP is yet to campaign for the elections in Punjab due to farmers’ opposition to its leaders. The opposition party in Punjab can now look forward to the possibility of an alliance with former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s new party. After the Prime Minister’s announcement, Singh indicated that he was ready to work with the BJP-led central government on the issue of farmers.

The alliance between the BJP and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) broke last year after the Akali Dal quit the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) over controversial agricultural laws. Amarinder Singh had quit the Congress after his humiliating removal as chief minister and indicated that he looked forward to seat-sharing with the BJP.

Singh had also recently met Union Home Minister Amit Shah. He had said that the farmers’ movement was discussed with Shah and requested him to repeal the three agricultural laws and resolve the crisis immediately. Punjab’s 117-member assembly election is expected to see a multi-cornered contest between the ruling Congress, the SAD-Bahujan Samaj Party alliance, the Aam Aadmi Party and the BJP.

Amarinder Singh on Friday thanked Modi for the decision on agriculture laws. Quoting him, the former chief minister’s media aide tweeted, “It’s a big day for all of us in Punjab. I was raising this issue with the Center for more than a year and met Narendra Modi Ji and Amit Shah Ji and requested them to listen to the voice of our Annadata. Happy that they listened to the farmers and understood our concerns.”

He said, “It has not only come as a big relief to the farmers but it has also paved the way for the progress of Punjab. I look forward to working closely with the BJP-led Center (government) for the development of farmers. I promise the people of Punjab that I will not sit in peace till I wipe the tears from every eye.”

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