JP Nadda irons out differences with SAD ahead of Delhi polls; after distancing itself over CAA, NDA ally will now back BJP for 8 Feb elections

The Akali Dal had earlier decided not to contest the Delhi Assembly polls over differences with BJP over the Citizenship Amendment Act

FP Staff January 29, 2020 18:19:54 IST
JP Nadda irons out differences with SAD ahead of Delhi polls; after distancing itself over CAA, NDA ally will now back BJP for 8 Feb elections
  • BJP president JP Nadda on Wednesday announced that the SAD will support the saffron party in the upcoming Delhi elections

  • The SAD had earlier decided not to contest the Delhi Assembly polls over differences with BJP over the Citizenship Amendment Act

  • Claiming that the party had never broken alliance with the BJP, Badal said that his party had been supporting the CAA from the beginning

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president JP Nadda on Wednesday announced that the Shiromani Akali Dal will support the saffron party in the upcoming Delhi Assembly elections. The announcement came after Nadda's meeting with SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal in Delhi.

SAD had earlier decided not to contest the Delhi Assembly polls over differences with BJP over the Citizenship Amendment Act.

Addressing a joint press conference with Badal, Nadda hailed the party as an old and strong ally and thanked the party for its support. Badal asserted that their alliance is not merely about politics but also about a bond of sentiments, adding that "misunderstandings" with the saffron party had been sorted.

Claiming that his party had never broken alliance with the BJP, Badal said that SAD had been supporting the CAA from the beginning. "We went to Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah for granting citizenship to Sikhs who have been subjected to persecution in Pakistan, Afghanistan," ANI quoted Badal as saying.

However, the party had earlier claimed that it is of the" firm stand that Muslims cannot be left out of the CAA". Party leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa had also said that his party is "strongly" against the National Register of Citizens (NRC). Akali Dal's decision to not contest the polls had triggered concerns in the BJP that it may alienate a section of Sikh voters.

With inputs from agencies

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