Claiming that there were no differences between the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the saffron party’s national vice-president and Rajya Sabha MP Avinash Rai Khanna said the alliance partners would jointly contest the 2017 assembly elections and form the government in Punjab for the third time in a row.
Khanna, who was here on Friday to meet local party workers, said the alliance was intact and would not be affected by the statements of a few individuals.
On being asked how the party viewed recent anti-government and pro-AAP statements by BJP MLA Navjot Kaur Sidhu, he said the issue was being dealt with at the appropriate level within the party.
On whether the BJP would demand more seats in the next assembly elections, he said: “I am sure that both parties would decide mutually on seat sharing.”
He claimed that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was no threat to the ruling alliance. Referring to suspended AAP MP Dr Dharamvira Gandhi, he said: “How can a party win the people’s trust when it can’t respect its own MPs?”
On the next state party president, a post for which he is one of the main contenders, he said a decision was expected soon.