Akali Dal is a BJP ally forever, says Sukhbir

PTI Chandigarh | Updated on June 07, 2018 Published on June 07, 2018

Shiromani Akali Dal President Sukhbir Singh Badal on Thursday said his party remained a permanent partner of the BJP and the NDA.

“The SAD is a permanent ally of the BJP and the NDA,” Badal told reporters after BJP President Amit Shah met top Akali Dal leaders, including party’s patriarch Parkash Singh Badal.

He said SAD members had discussed with Shah their strategy for the upcoming 2019 parliamentary polls.

The SAD is a key partner in the BJP-led NDA and the two parties shared power in Punjab before the Congress won the February 2017 Assembly polls.

Sukhbir appealed to other partners in the NDA to come together to contest the next year’s elections. “The time has come for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls...all NDA allies must come together to fight the Opposition.”

Shah tweeted after the meeting, “It is always a delight to meet Badal sahab. Met Shri Parkash Singh Badalji and Sukhbir at his home in Chandigarh.”

Shah was on a day-long visit to Chandigarh, as part of his party’s outreach programme ‘sampark for samarthan’ ahead of the 2019 elections.

Shah also met 94-year-old hockey legend Balbir Singh and legendary athlete Milkha Singh (85) at their Chandigarh homes later in the day.

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Published on June 07, 2018
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