Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah will hold meeting with Punjab deputy chief minister and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbur Singh Badal on Tuesday to discuss alliance issues. The meeting was earlier slated for Monday.
Though SAD sources maintained that it would be a routine meeting, Punjab BJP leaders said Shah is likely to convey to Akali leaders to give full honour and representation to the state BJP leadership.
Notably, state BJP leaders, in a meeting with Shah and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on February 7, had alleged discrimination at the hands of Akalis. The issue is likely to figure in the meeting, said sources. Apart from Sukhbir, SAD leaders Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and Naresh Gujral are likely to present in the meeting.
Earlier, the ruling NDA tried to put up a united face ahead of the crucial budget session, holding a more than two- hour long meeting to formulate a common strategy on the floor of the two Houses of Parliament.
It was for the first time in recent past that the BJP’s top leadership had such a meeting with the senior functionaries of its alliance partners.
Under attack from the opposition for being “pro corporate”, NDA leaders decided to highlight from time to time its works for the welfare of farmers, poor and weaker sections of the society. A leader present in the meeting held at parliamentary affairs minister M Venkaiah Naidu’s residence, said government leaders briefed the alliance partners about the achievements of the Narendra Modi government. “General issues were discussed, issues that may come up in the upcoming session of Parliament,” Naidu told reporters after the meeting.
BJP president Amit Shah also told NDA allies that he would separately meet the president of every alliance partner. NDA allies have been complaining about lack of coordination and Shah’s assurance is seen as an effort to address the issue.