Pipli, August 21: Bharatiya Janta party will face difficulties in 2019 as Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)chief Sukhbir Singh Badal said his party would contest the next year parliamentary elections in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan.
The SAD is a key ally of the BJP-led NDA at the Centre and also shared power with the saffron party in Punjab before Amarinder Singh-led Congress stormed to power.
“After Haryana, the party is now preparing to enter electoral politics in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan,” Badal said.
Addressing the party’s first major rally at the grain market in Pipli town ahead of next year’s Lok Sabha polls, the SAD president said “we have promised and delivered in Punjab. Now, we are ready to take up the responsibility of working for the welfare of the people of Haryana”.
While appealing to Punjabis to unite under the flag of the SAD to script a new history in Haryana,Badal asserted that SAD will also contest Haryana assembly elections. In Haryana, the SAD has parted ways with longtime ally Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), the principal opposition party in the BJP-ruled state.
No one can stop you from acquiring power once you unite as one with the SAD, he added.
Badal said if the SAD was voted to power in the state, it would implement a free power policy for the agriculture sector. He announced free piped irrigation water to all fields, 400 units free power per month to Dalits besides a slew of facilities for all sections of society.