SAD, BJP to jointly contest civic body polls in Punjab

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Nov 27, 2014 11:23 IST

The Shiromani Akali Dal- Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday declared that they would jointly contest the forthcoming civic elections in the state as per the existing arrangement.

The two parties also decided to set up district-level coordination committees for any local adjustments and for streamlining the election campaign process.

A state-level coordination committee has also been set by the two parties, comprising the SAD secretary and education minister Dr Daljit Singh Cheema and former minister Tikshan Sood.

A decision to this effect was taken at a high-level meeting of the coordination committee of the SAD-BJP Alliance held at CM residence here late this evening.

A joint statement at the end of the meeting said the two parties also resolved to give "a befitting a response to the mischievous, baseless and motivated propaganda misinformation campaign of what the meeting described as "the frustrated, rejected and rootless Congress party" on various issues."

Giving details of the meeting, party general secretary Harcharan Bains said the two parties were fully geared to sweep the civic polls. He said the meeting was presided over by Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal. SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal, Punjab BJP president Kamal Sharma, senior SAD and BJP leaders, including Ranjit Singh Brahampura, Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Balwidner SIngh Bhunder, Jahedar Tota Singh, Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal, Dr Daljit Singh Cheema and Harcharan Bains, Bhagat Chuni Lal, Rajinder Bhandari, Ashwani Sharma, Tikshan Sood and Narotam Dev Ratti were present in the meeting.

The SAD announced its list of district-level observers for further strengthening coordination between the two parties at the grassroots level throughout the state. Meawnhile, BJP will announce its list of district level observers tomorrow.

A joint statement issued the end of the meeting said the two parties "shared a complete unanimity of approach in addressing all issues concerning the people and the state. The meeting dismissed as "wildly speculative and utterly baseless" rumours being spread by vested interests. "These canards run contrary to the spirit of strong emotional and ideological bonds between the two parties who symbolize age-old social cohesion and communal harmony in the state.”

The meeting also accepted in principle report of the six-member SAD-BJP panel that was set up to suggest ways to further streamline governance in the state.

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