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SAD-BJP alliance in Punjab in danger?
Since the announcement of Punjab Lok Sabha results, the talks of SAD-BJP alliance in danger, is a subject of discussions at all political meetings of both the parties. The loss of Arun Jaitely from Amritsar, despite stationing of top leaders including Punjab BJP President Kamal Sharma, was a big blow to both the alliance partners.

Although Arun Jaitely, despite his defeat in Lok Sabha elections, has been inducted in the Modi Cabinet with top ministries finance and defence inder him, by virtue of his status in the party, but his defeat has put a big question mark on the alliance of SAD-BJP in Punjab.

The Bhartiya Janata Party leader Balramji Dass Tandon has given a statement in which he said, “I fail to understand how the top leadership of the SAD, which is an ally of the BJP, can even think of not taking along BJP leaders for holding talks with the PM and ministers. It will send a wrong message to the Centre.”

The listed factors for loss of BJP in Punjab despite Modi wave are reported to be- failure to check drug trade, sky-rocketing sand and gravel prices, failure to enlighten people on property tax as a substitute of house tax, high building regularisation charges, delay in VAT refund to traders and interference of halqa chiefs in administrative functioning.

Both the State and Central leadership are in no mood of separation at this stage but the circumstances are leading towards it, as it could be seen from the ignorance of Punjab BJP leaders by Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister Punjab during his meeting with the PM all alone. Badal even did not bother to share the outcome of the meeting with the BJP.

The SAD-BJP alliance is not going well in the state and by not associating the BJP leaders while visiting the PM in Delhi, could further worsen the ties. A blame-war on each other is already going on between the alliance after the Lok Sabha elections.

Frankly speaking, it is too early to predict any split in the alliance, as after the dismal performance of the alliance, which bagged only 6 of the 13 Lok Sabha seats, BJP high command had formed a seven member fact-finding committee headed by former Punjab Minister, Balramji Dass Tandon.

The youth BJP leaders are in favour of break-up while there are also chances of better and fresh understanding between the two parties to save the alliance in order to keep pressure on SAD. However, the future of alliance now purely depends on the report of the fact finding committee.

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