The Sanjha Morcha, a conglomerate of four political parties, is likely to enter into an alliance with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) for the elections to the Amritsar municipal corporation scheduled for next month.
"The tie-up will be at the local level and limited to the Amritsar MC. The Sanjha Morcha leaders of other cities going to the polls will take a decision at their respective levels," said People's Party of Punjab (PPP) leader Amanpreet Singh Chhina, who heads the NRI cell of the party.
Besides Chhina, other leaders of the Morcha, including Amarjit Singh Asal, district CPI secretary; Amrik Singh of the CPM; Gulzar Singh Khasa and Ram Sharanpal, both of the PPP; met here on Friday to hold preliminary discussions on the forthcoming polls. No leader of the Shiromani Akali Dal Longowal was present, though the party, which does not have much presence in the region, is part of the Morcha.
Asal has been authorised by the Morcha leadership to hold talks with the BSP on seat adjustments. The talks are in the final stage, and in a day or two the final outcome will be known.
"The current demand of the BSP is on 15 seats out of the 65 in the MC. I think there will be no difficulty in making adjustments," said Chhina while addressing the media along with the other leaders.
Asal said there was no problem of seat adjustment among the constituents of the Morcha. Just a couple of formalities needed to be completed and the candidates would be announced soon after the government notification for the polls, he added, while pointing out that a meeting of the Morcha leaders would be held on May 20 to discuss the prospective candidates.
Asal said they would fight the MC polls on local issues, like the lack of basic amenities. The common agenda of the Morcha would be the poor health and educational facilities available to the city residents, poor sanitation and drinking water and sewerage facilities, the coming up of unauthorised colonies and the grabbing of government land by the powerful land mafia, which has political patronage, and the pitiable condition of those staying in slums, he added.