SAD to contest 5 seats on own symbol: Badal

Oct 05 2013, 01:22 IST
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SummarySAD would be contesting at least four, possibly five, seats in the Delhi Assembly elections scheduled to be held on December 4.

The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) would be contesting at least four, possibly five, seats in the Delhi Assembly elections scheduled to be held on December 4.

Punjab deputy chief minister and SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal said this year, the party would contest elections on its own symbol and share seats with its three-times ally, the BJP.

Without providing a breakup, Sukhbir said the seats would be announced soon. However, he ruled out the possibility of SAD contesting any seat in Rajasthan. ďWe are focusing only on Delhi,Ē he said.

According to SADís calculations, the party cannot win more than five seats in Delhi. In West Delhi, SAD is eying Tilak Nagar and Hari Nagar. Rajouri Garden, Shahdara and Jangpura are the other three possible seats.

ďIn the two West Delhi seats, Sikhs account for is almost 40 to 45 per cent of the voters and there is a cent per cent chance of winning,Ē Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, SAD Delhi poll incharge, said.

Ramoowalia said talks were on with senior BJP leaders for sharing of seats. ďThere wonít be a problem in convincing the BJP to give us at least the number of seats we are looking at. The BJP understands SADís value as an ally and this time they wonít have a problem with SAD contesting on its own symbol,Ē he said.

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