After Amarinder’s overtures, BJP says open to alliance

NEW DELHI: Responding to Amarinder Singh‘s political overtures ahead of Punjab elections, the BJP on Wednesday said it is open to forming an alliance with all those who put the nation first.
The BJP’s indication comes a day after Amarinder announced he would launch his own political outfit in Punjab and hopefully reach a seat-sharing deal with the BJP if the farmers’ issue is resolved in their interest.
BJP general secretary and Punjab in charge Dushyant Gautam described Amarinder as a patriot and said his party is open to establishing ties with people who put national interests first.
On his condition of resolving farmers’ issues, the BJP leader said Singh did not talk about ending the farmers’ agitation.
“He talked about farmers’ issues. We are committed to it and are working for the welfare of farmers. If the time comes, both will sit together and discuss farmers’ issues,” Gautam told PTI.
“Our main agenda is nationalism and keeping the nation first. All those parties who want to form alliances with us on this agenda are welcome,” he said.
Amarinder Singh was once a soldier and his stand on the issues of national security should be praised, the BJP leader said.
Gautam, however, indicated that nothing has been finalised yet as “Amarinder Singh still needs to form his party and put forward his views”.
On Tuesday, Amarinder, who had recently resigned as the chief minister of Punjab amid a bitter fued with Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu, said that he would soon float his own political outfit.
“The battle for Punjab’s future is on. Will soon announce the launch of my own political party to serve the interests of Punjab and its people, including our farmers who’ve been fighting for their survival for over a year,” Singh had said on Tuesday.

Amarinder’s recent meeting with Union home minister Amit Shah had triggered speculation of his joining the BJP.
Later, he scotched the speculation but said he would quit the Congress, which he asserted was going downhill with senior leaders being ignored.
“I will not join BJP (but) I will not stay in the Congress party,” the 79-year-old leader had then said, adding that he had been “utterly humiliated” and was not trusted.
(With inputs from PTI)

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