Talks on seat-sharing with BJP still on: SAD

Chandigarh, September 23

The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Monday said it is still in talks with the BJP over seat-sharing for the October 21 Assembly elections in Haryana.

Balwinder Singh Bhunder, SAD general secretary in charge for the elections, said this after holding a party meeting in Kurukshetra, where ticket aspirants, along with their 4,000-odd supporters, from more than 30 seats turned up.

On reports that the BJP was inclined to spare only two seats for the SAD, Bhunder said: “We have learnt about this only through the media. But as far as I know, the BJP has not taken any decision in this regard. We are still in talks with the BJP.”

Bhunder did not specify the number of seats the SAD wants the BJP to leave for them for the October 21 elections. A few days ago, Bhunder had said if negotiations on seat-sharing with the BJP failed to bear fruit, the party would contest the elections on its own.

At the Kurukshetra meeting, the SAD interviewed some of the ticket aspirants, including women. — PTI

SAD panel interviews 100 ticket aspirants  

Kurukshetra: Nearly 100 aspirants have sought the SAD ticket to contest the Assembly elections from 30 seats. They reached Kurukshetra on Monday to appear before the screening committee constituted by the party.