Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has said that the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have decided to keep the old seat-sharing formula for the municipal elections.
While the state BJP leaders, who were earlier claiming more seats after the success in the Lok Sabha polls, are now busy in the Delhi assembly elections, the CM has claimed that 90% of the seat-sharing work is done. “Both allies will contest the elections on their symbols together, by the old formula. In the cities where of the number of wards has increased, we’ll keep the old percentage of sharing,” Badal told the media on Friday on the sidelines of his sangat darshan programme here.
He ducked the question about Enforcement Directorate’s denying that it had given any “clean chit” to Punjab revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia. “I am unaware; you should ask Enforcement Directorate about it,” said the CM, who also refused to comment on the support that Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, head of Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda, has offered to the BJP in the Delhi assembly elections. “The question should be asked to the BJP or the dera mukhi,” he said.
Rs 5 cr distributed in poll-bound Dhuri
On his last day of the public-contact programme here, he covered 15 villages and distributed about Rs 5 crore for development works in the poll-bound Dhuri assembly segment. Earlier, he had covered all 58 villages in the constituency and gave away Rs 17 crore as official grants. The Dhuri assembly seat fell vacant after the resignation of Congress legislator Arvind Khanna.