Punjab BJP chief Kamal Sharma on Thursday admitted that their relationship with the alliance partner, Shiromani Akali Dal, had witnessed some “sourness” after the Haryana polls, adding that the way the SAD went ahead with support to the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) should not have happened.
Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function here, Sharma said, “I admit some sourness has come in our relationship with the SAD. But things like this do happen in an alliance. We will sort out the issues.”
Responding to a query about the SAD support to the INLD in Haryana, the BJP chief said he felt that that should not have happened.
Sharma said the general sentiment of the BJP workers had changed and there was a feedback that they now wanted more seats in the coming civic polls. These sentiments had been conveyed to the party high command, he added.
Katheria was misinterpreted
Sharma claimed that some sections of the media had misinterpreted Punjab party affairs incharge Ram Shankar Katheria’s statement as the BJP going it alone in the 2017 assembly polls. “I was present there. He was misinterpreted. He had just said that we are running an alliance government and have no problem in running it in future too. But things can be worked out according to the circumstances in future.”
Sharma said certain issues had crept up in the recent past but they would work out the differences.
‘Don’t need certificate from Amarinder’
Responding to Amritsar MP Capt Amarinder Singh’s recent statement on the RSS holding shakhas in rural areas, Sharma said, “We don’t need any certificate from Capt Amarinder.” He claimed that Amarinder indulged in “negative” politics.