Chandigarh: It was widely believed that the recently formed BSP-SAD(B) alliance would usher in a new political era in Punjab and would also set an example of political balance, but it was not long before the two parties formed a united front for the people of Punjab. Not only did cracks appear over seat-sharing, but resentment also started within the BSP over the style of functioning of its state leadership.
After breaking ties with his longtime political ally BJP over the issue of three controversial agricultural laws, SAD (B)In June, allied with the BSP. As per the agreement reached between the two, BSP and SAD(B) will contest the elections jointly. And according to the seat-sharing formula, the BSP was given 20 of the total 117 assembly seats in Punjab to field its candidates, while the SAD (B) would contest the remaining 97 seats.
According to political pundits, the BSP-SAD(B) alliance is not driven by shared principles or values, but stems from political opportunism for both the political parties ahead of the 2022 polls in Punjab. As expected, differences arose between the two after the elder brother (Akali) demanded swapping of Sujanpur and Amritsar North seats from the BSP, which were earlier bagged by the BSP.
The Akali expelled Anil Joshi, a former cabinet minister in the Parkash Singh Badal government in Punjab, from the BJP and joined the SAD (B), while the BSP had already fielded engineer Gurbax Singh Shergill as its candidate from the Amritsar North assembly constituency. was announced.
Similarly, SAD (B) announced to field Raj Kumar Gupta from Sujanpur assembly seat. In return, the BSP was given Sham Chaurasi and Kapurthala assembly seats. It is also rumored that SAD(B) is using its influence over BSP leaders to field candidates of its choice in at least two assembly constituencies. The BSP has announced fielding former Akali leader Lakhwinder Lakhi from Urmar assembly constituency and a person is in the news as a possible party from Amritsar Central assembly constituency, sparking controversy within the BSP’s Punjab unit. BSP’s Amritsar (Urban) unit president Com Tarsem Singh Bhola accused the party’s state leadership of bypassing the prescribed procedures for not only deciding the names of candidates but also for the seat swapping process.
On 25 September, he went to Jalandhar and submitted his complaint addressed to BSP national president Mayawati to BSP state president Jasbir Singh Garhi and in charge of political affairs of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh Randhir Singh Beniwal. A few days later, Tarsem Singh was surprised to learn that the state unit of the party had replaced him with Tara Chand.
Tarsem Singh said, “If the party leadership had any objection to me raising the issues on the party platform, they should have asked me, sought an explanation from me, but I was removed without informing.” A senior party leader, who did not wish to be named, said that the senior leadership of the party was apprised about the growing resentment among party workers about considering the name of a person with criminal background from Amritsar Central constituency. . ”
There are more than 31 cases registered against this person, Akali is using their influence to get BSP ticket from Amritsar Central Constituency, we have conveyed our concerns but the final decision is to be taken by the state leadership. In routine for the betterment of the party,” Jasbir Singh Gadhi said.