Haryana assembly election results to impact SAD-BJP alliance in Punjab

October 13, 2014 04:40 PM

CHANDIGARH: The results of Haryana assembly election to be held on October 15 are expected to leave a mark on the Punjab politics with possible break up of alliance between ruling SAD and BJP. Both the parties alliance partrners in Punjab are fighting against each other in Haryana.

SAD which is running coalition government with BJP in Punjab has sided with Indian Natioanl Lok Dal (INLD) headed by former CM Om Parkash Chautala now undergoing ten years jail in teacher's recruitment scam. BJP is pitted against INLD as major stake holder for power. BJP had contested Lok Sabha poll in alliance with Haryana Janhit party of Kuldeep Bishnoi but it decided to go single handedly in assembly poll. Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal was trying to forge an alliance between INLD and BJP to which latter didn't agree.

Badal and SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal are campaigning in favour of INLD candidates and critics have described it unethical. INLD has launched sinister campaign against BJP and particularly Modi to which Badals have become party. Badal had shown high regards for Modi whenever he visited Punjab and was hopeful to get special treatment from center after BJP comes to power. Badal had blamed Congress led UPA government at center for discriminating with Punjab.

The relations between SAD and BJP are strained after BJP leaders from Punjab questioned Badal for joining hands with Chautala who is facing corruption charges. The tirade against Badal family was led by former Amritsar MP Navjot Singh Sidhu who has blamed Badal of "back stabbing" BJP. During an election rally in Kallianwali where SAD has fielded its candidate against BJP, Sidhu said that it was shameful that SAD was running government in Punjab with the support of BJP and it is working against the interests of BJP in Haryana. Sidhu alleged that Badal family had captured all trades in Punjab and common man is forced to pay heavy taxes.

Sidhu's outburst against Badals is an indication of mood in in BJP. Even though Badal had several times termed the alliance with BJP 'unbreakable' and symbol of Hindu Sikh unity, a message has gone in the BJP that SAD is eating into the vote bank of BJP in urban areas by dual strategy. On one hand it is burdening urbanites with heavy taxes and on the other hand it is roping in Hindu leaders to join SAD. BJP has recently hit back with allowing to join Paramdip Singh Gill former DGP and close confident of Badals to join BJP. Badal had criticised the move.

However, the Lok Sabha election in Amritsar was turning point in the relations between SAD and BJP. Navjot Sidhu sitting BJP MP was denied party ticket reportedly under pressure from Badal and Arun Jaitely was fielded from there after assurance by Badals that Jaitely would have cake walk in Amritsar. Bikram Singh Majithia who had sore relations with Navjot Sidhu headed the poll campaign and Sidhu stayed away from constituency. Jaitely suffered a humiliating defeat and it dented the BJP's trust in SAD. Navjot is not on speaking terms with Sukhbir Singh Badal and Majithia who teamed up to sideline Sidhu.

It is felt that Haryana results may change the poilitical alignments in Punjab. BJP which has came openly against Badals may break the alliance to satisfy sentiments of party cadre. SAD may look forward for another alliance partner like BSP for the next elections. Much would depend on the outcome of Haryana poll. If BJP gained ground in Haryana, it may experiment in Punjab as well.


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