SAD not to contest Delhi polls; cites differences with BJP over CAA, NRC

Punjab deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal at the Indian Express idea exchange in New Delhi. Express photo by RAVI KANOJIA. New Delhi Feb 15th-2011

The Hush Post | 7:52 pm | One-minute read |

In a major political development, the Shiromani Akali Dal today announced not to contest the forthcoming Delhi assembly elections. The SAD has cited difference in opinion with the BJP over the CAA and NRC, saying ‘it won’t part with its ideology’. SAD has become the first ally of the BJP which has openly accepted rift with it over CAA and NRC.

The Shiromani Akali Dal on Monday evening announced that it won’t contest the February 8 polls. Announcing the decision, SAD leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa said, “Shiromani Akali Dal also believes that National Register of Citizens should not be implemented. We welcomed amended Citizenship Act but we never demanded that any one religion be excluded from this act”.

Sirsa said that though Akali and BJP have been “old friends”, Sukhbir Singh Badal is clear that CAA should include people from all religions.

“BJP leadership wanted us to reconsider this stand. So, we decided to not fight these polls instead of changing our stand,” said Sirsa.

Notably, the decades-old alliance partners were in talks over seat-sharing in Delhi, which virtually failed. Reports say, the SAD refused to fight on a BJP symbol which the saffron party wanted, leading to the rift.

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