Union Minister Hardeep Puri Rules Out BJP-SAD Alliance for 2024 Lok Sabha Polls

GG News Bureau

Kapurthala, 16th May. Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri has ruled out the possibility of reviving the BJP’s coalition with the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) for the Lok Sabha elections next year.

Puri told reporters here on Tuesday that the BJP had been in an alliance with the SAD for 25 years, but the SAD had failed to meet the expectations of the people of Punjab.

The Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs, as well as Petroleum and Natural Gas, stated that the SAD has lost its trust among Punjab voters, as evidenced by the recent Jalandhar by-election poll results, and ruled out any alliance with the party.

Puri, on the other hand, stated that if “some good leaders from SAD or those who had recently left the Akali Dal want to join the BJP and fight on the saffron party symbol, that is a different thing.”

The Shiromani Akai Dal, which has been in decline since 2014, severed ties with the BJP in 2020 over the now-repealed central farm rules.

Recently, the BJP’s Punjab affairs incharge, Vijay Rupani, stated that an alliance with the Shiromani Akali Dal was out of the question.

Puri was speaking after presiding over a “Rozgar mela” event at Rail Coach Factory (RCF).

The minister slammed the ruling Aam Aadmi Party in Punjab, saying that “freebies” will not help the state’s economy because it is already in debt.

Regarding the BJP’s setback in the recently concluded assembly election in Karnataka, the minister stated that while the party’s vote share did not fall below 36 percent, the party lost owing to “some other reasons and would introspect” and correct its faults.

The ministers distributed 210 appointment letters to youths in central government departments and praised the central government’s achievements.

RCF General Manager Ashesh Agrawal was among those in attendance.

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