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Even BJP has deserted sinking Akali ship: Amarinder

punjab Updated: Oct 20, 2016 22:27 IST
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Terming the growing rift between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its ally Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) as the proverbial last nail in the Badal regime’s coffin, Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday said even the BJP has realised the futility of standing by the Akalis in the run-up to the state assembly elections.

Amarinder said the BJP’s alienation of the SAD was evident in Prime Minister Narendra Modi shunning chief minister Parkash Singh Badal’s pleas for central support to the state during his Ludhiana visit on Tuesday.

“The SAD is nothing more than a sinking ship, which the BJP has clearly decided to desert,” Amarinder said, adding that the BJP did not want to drown with the Akalis in the forthcoming assembly polls.

“The BJP seemed to have realised that it would be politically suicidal for it to continue to hold Akalis’ hands,” said the Punjab Congress chief, adding that in any case, the alliance between the two parties was never based on principles but was an opportunistic partnership entered for political gains.