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BJP to contest all 117 Assembly seats in Punjab

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After the break-up with the Akali Dal in Chandigarh Punjab, BJP has announced to contest all the assembly seats in the state. On Monday, BJP general secretary TarunChugh said that BJP will contest all 117 seats in the 2022 assembly elections in Punjab. He said that the party has started preparations for this on a war footing. The organizational structure is being strengthened at 23,000 polling stations of the state by uniting BJP workers at the grassroots level.

Chugh said the BJP president will inaugurate the party’s 10 district offices digitally on November 19, along with a three-day visit to Punjab to take stock of the electoral preparations and energize the party workers for the upcoming assembly elections. He said that the party leaders led by state president Ashwani Sharma will popularize the 160 public welfare schemes of the Narendra Modi government in Punjab and make people aware of the work done on them in the state.

Chugh told reporters that though the BJP has been contesting in the Punjab Assembly and a few seats in the Lok Sabha, the party has influence in all 117 seats.

He said, “the last election BJP contested alone in the state was in 1992. We had an alliance with the Shiromani Akali Dal and the Akalis contested more seats, but it is wrong to assume that we do not have a base in the remaining seats of Punjab.”

BJP’s State president Ashwani Sharmaon Tuesday said, “We have decided to fight upcoming Assembly polls in Punjab all alone on all the 117 seats. We are already ready with organisational set-up at district level… now we are all set to constitute committees at booth level. At one booth we will have 10 workers, who will work towards strengthening the party,”

Our focus is to make Punjab corruption and drugs free… We will convey to every section of people that BJP is their party… sabkasaath-sabkavikas (together with all, development for all) will be our moto,” he added.

The BJP general secretary said that preparations have started on a war footing to contest all the 117 assembly seats in Punjab. About two months ago, the Shiromani Akali Dal left the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) over the Centre’s agricultural laws.

The Akali Dal decided to withdraw its path from the NDA, opposing three new agricultural laws. Harsimrat Kaur Badal also resigned from the Union Cabinet.

Considering the political history of Punjab, the BJP’s alliance with the Akali Dal started in 1992. According to the seat-sharing formula settled between the allies over the years, the Akalisdonned the role of elder brother. Akali Dal contested on 94 seats and BJP on 23. Out of the 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab, Akali had fielded candidates in 10 constituencies and BJI in three.

In the 2017 assembly elections, Congress won an absolute majority in the state by winning 77 seats and ousted the SAD-BJP government after 10 years. The SAD-BJP fared poorly in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections as they won 2 seats while the Congress secured 8 seats in Punjab.

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