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. “We are focusing only on Delhi,” he said.
According to SAD’s 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.
“In 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,” Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, SAD Delhi poll incharge, said.
Ramoowalia said talks were on with senior BJP leaders for sharing of seats. “There won’t be a problem in convincing the BJP to give us at least the number of seats we are looking at. The BJP understands SAD’s value as an ally and this time they won’t have a problem with SAD contesting on its own symbol,” he said.