New Delhi, January 24
BJP will contest 65 seats, Punjab Lok Congress led Capt Amarinder Singh 37 and Shiromani Akali Dal (Sanyukt) led Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa 15 seats in Punjab Assembly elections, BJP Chairman said today , JP Nadda.
Announcing the seat-sharing formula for the NDA alliance, Nadda however said there could be minor readjustments. “That’s the general figure I give,” he added. Flanked by his allies Amarinder Singh and Dhindsa at the BJP headquarters, he said the upcoming elections were not just for ‘satta parivartan’ (regime change) but also to ensure security and stability in the state border.
Referring to the 600km border that India shares with Pakistan and its relationship with the neighbour, Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said, “If Punjab stays safe, the country stays safe.”
“In the interests of the stability and security of the country, the alliance is important,” the BJP leaders said, crafting arguments around the need for a “stable and secure government” in Punjab given the its proximity to Pakistan and problems such as terrorism, drugs. and arms smuggling.
Nadda said, “Punjab needs special attention. It needs a dual-engine government and better coordination between the Center and the State. Hailing the state as a “leader”, especially in the country’s defense and food security, he highlighted the steps taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi demonstrating his “love” for Punjab.
“The NDA government will bring stability and security to Punjab. The state is heavily in debt and needs special attention. Our goal is to get it back on track,” party chairman Bharatiya Janata said, pledging “zero tolerance” towards terrorism and activities like drug and arms smuggling. Amarinder Singh and Dhindsa said Punjab would need new investment to move forward, which could only happen under the National Democratic Alliance rule.