SAD names Punia as candidate from Ambala

  • PTI, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Sep 26, 2014 23:06 IST

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Friday declared the names of its candidates for two seats in the ensuing assembly polls in Haryana in which the party is contesting in alliance with Indian National Lok Dal (INLD).

Among the names of candidates announced by SAD are Balwinder Singh Punia from Ambala city and former Shiromani Grurdwara Parbhandhak Committee (SGPC) member Balkaur Singh Kalanwali from Kalanwali (reserve) assembly seat.

Announcing the names at its head office, SAD president and Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal described INLD-SAD alliance as 'an alliance between the people of Punjab and Haryana'.

He claimed that people of Haryana are all set to vote for INLD-SAD alliance to begin a new era of prosperity, development and brotherhood in the region.

Sukhbir also claimed that this alliance would also root out Congress from Haryana.

Assigning campaign duties to party leaders and workers for Haryana polls, he expressed confidence that party cadre would put its entire energy to win the two seats with huge margin.

"I'm confident that party leadership and workers would repeat their performance to ensure party victory as they did in Delhi polls", he added.

Announcing the future plans of expanding the reach in other states, he said the party has chalked out plan to contest at 25 seats in Uttar Pardesh polls too.

He said the party would create its presence in all the states having Punjabi inhabitants.

SAD's alliance with the INLD has upset BJP's leaders in Haryana who had expressed its dismay over it.

However, the SAD had maintained that its ties with INLD is age-old and the two parties top leadership have family terms.

In the 90-member Haryaan assembly, going to polls on October 15, INLD is contesting on 88 constituencies while its ally SAD on two. BJP is SAD's major ally in Punjab.

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