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Punjab polls: Amarinder Singh formally announces alliance with BJP, seat sharing talks on

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: Former Punjab chief minister and ex-Congress leader Amarinder Singh, who quit the grand old party a month ago amid controversies and formed his own party called Punjab Lok Congress, formally announced, on Friday, an alliance with the BJP after a meeting with Union minister and Punjab BJP incharge Gajendra Singh Shekhawat for the assembly elections in the state scheduled next year.

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“After 7 rounds of talks, today I confirm that BJP & Punjab Lok Congress are going to fight the upcoming Punjab Assembly elections together. Topics like seat share will be discussed later,” Union Minister & Punjab BJP in-charge Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said.

This will make the elections in the state next year a three-cornered fight between the Akali Dal-BSP, Congress and the BJP-Punjab Lok Congress

Singh said, “The alliance will definitely, 101 per cent win the elections. And winnability will be the main criterion in finalising seats.”

Singh formed his own party Punjab Lok Congress days after he resigned as the chief minister and quit the Congress. Earlier, the BJP had also broken its alliance with longstanding partner Shiromani Akali Dal over the issue of farm sector laws.

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Shekhawat had met Singh in Chandigarh earlier this month.

Assembly elections in Punjab are expected to be held early next year.

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