SAD gives 'unconditional support' to BJP

  • HT correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jammu
  • Updated: Dec 15, 2014 21:04 IST

The state unit of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) has decided to give "unconditional support" to the BJP in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Sikh vote is crucial for the BJP in some pockets in Jammu district, for which the poll is scheduled on December 20, in the last of the five-phase elections in the state.

No Akali candidate is contesting the ongoing elections to the state assembly.
The SAD has instead asked its cadre to help the BJP achieve its ambitious 'Mission 44+' to form the saffron party's first ever government in the state.

The decision was announced at a press conference in Jammu on Monday by BJP national executive member and former state unit president Shamsher Singh Manhas and SAD state president Sardar Mohinder Singh.

The SAD said it has decided to support the BJP in the interest of the state and the Sikh community in particular. Leaders of both the parties discussed the issues of the minority community in the state and the BJP assured to solve their problems.

"We helped BJP during the Lok Sabha polls and it won. It will win this time also," said Surinder Singh Wazir, state secretary of the SAD.

The SAD also urged the Centre to address the problems of the Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) refugees as stated in the Vision Document of the BJP for the state.

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