Adding fuel to the political rumors of swapping of parliamentary seats between the ruling alliance partners, Punjab BJP chief Kamal Sharma on Wednesday said that all such probabilities were open for discussion and the issue would be settled amicably.
Not ruling out the possibility of seat sharing, Sharma told Hindustan Times: "We are open for discussion on seat swapping with the senior alliance partners, but, so far, no such issue has been discussed at the coordination committee of the SAD-BJP."
There were strong political rumors that the BJP might give Amritsar parliamentary seat to the SAD and in lieu of that would get any Hindu-dominated parliamentary seat.
Such rumors got wings when three-time Amritsar MP Navjot Singh Sidhu recently raised the banner of revolt against the state government and even threatened to sit on fast-unto-death in support of his pending "dream" development projects in the holy city.
Even his wife, chief parliamentary secretary Navjot Kaur Sidhu, gave clear signals that the cricketer-turned-MP was not interested in contesting the parliamentary polls from Amritsar.
Sidhu, even without naming anyone, accused the senior alliance partner SAD for creating problems for him in his political career.
Notably, the SAD-BJP, after forging of alliance in 1997 assembly elections, contested four parliament elections not only with the ratio of 10 (SAD) and 3 (BJP) out of 13 parliament constituencies, but the seats also remained same in all four elections. They never swapped the seats and this is for the first time that the parties are apparently mulling swapping.
The selection of seat between both the parties took place according to the demography of the constituencies but, of late, SAD has also given representation to quite a few Hindu or non-Sikh MLAs in the 2012 assembly elections.