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Seat-sharing mires grand alliance talks

JALANDHAR: Even because the leaders of Punjab Democratic Alliance (PDA), BSP and SAD (Taksali) have already cast an alliance to contest parliamentary elections, whilst underlining importance of 3rd choice in Punjab, the talks between the ‘maha gathbandhan’ constituents are still caught in contentions on sharing of seats.

If sturdy differences have emerged between BSP and Taksalis over Anandpur Sahib seat, there are differences between Sukhpal Khaira’s Punjab Ekta Party and Brahmpura’s SAD (Taksalis) on Khadoor Sahib and Sangrur seats. Each alliance spouse is trying to get a bigger slice of the pie as negotiations on seat sharing drag on. Bains brothers, whose influence has remained confined to Ludhiana, have now staked declare to Fatehgarh Sahib seat also.

Sources said that the events could now not agree at the one of the vital seats to be allotted to the alliance companions the talks remained inconclusive on Wednesday and these were posted for subsequent spherical. Meanwhile, BSP is also seeking to tackle board Bargari Morcha leaders.

Meanwhile BSP has made it transparent that for it Anandpur Sahib seat is non-negotiable on which SAD (Taksali) leaders need to field former Punjab meeting deputy speaker Bir Devinder Singh. “We could have slight adjustment on numbers however for us Anandpur Sahib seat is just now not negotiable,” said BSP state president Rashpal Rahu whilst speaking to NewsTread on Thursday.

Taksalis are going through problems at Khadoor Sahib and Sangrur also. While Punjab Ekta Party (PEP) founder Sukhpal Singh Khaira desires to field Paramjit Kaur Khalra, wife of human rights activist past due Jaswant Singh Khalra who was eradicated by Punjab Police after he exposed forced disappearances of Sikh youths, Taksalis has already introduced the identify of General J J Singh (retd), who joined them on Wednesday.

Khalra fought a dogged battle for over a decade towards Punjab Police and status quo and secured conviction for some police officers who were liable for elimination of her husband.

It is learnt that for Sangrur, Taksalis are bagging for former MP Rajdev Singh Khalsa who had won in 1989 however PEP desires to field its own candidate.

Meanwhile, Lok Insaf Party’s Simarjit Singh and Balwinder Singh Bains – who want to display their presence past urban spaces of Ludhiana, have staked declare for Fatehgarh Sahib seat also and they are bargaining onerous for it. Again, Khaira’s desires to field his candidate from there.

However, none has proven hobby for Gurdaspur seat, considered to be a predominantly Hindu seat.

Bargari Morcha and BSP determine it out

An afternoon after announcing that it will contest four seats, Dhian Singh Mand who led the Bargari Morcha, shaped a five member committee which also includes former SGPC secretary basic Harcharan Singh, Gurdeep Singh Bathinda and SAD (Amritsar) chief Jaskaran Singh. BSP state president Rashpal Rahu said that talks with Morcha were still on and they anticipated to get to the bottom of the problems and keep them on board. “Morcha leaders have said that they are ready for adjustments,” he said.

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