The BJP made a key acquisition right now forward of the Punjab election, however at a price to its former ally Akali Dal. Manjinder Sirsa, an Akali Dal chief near the Badals, joined the ruling get together.
The BJP is in contact with many Jat Sikh leaders like Manjinder Sirsa in Punjab, in response to its leaders. The get together’s technique for the approaching Punjab polls is to faucet disgruntled leaders from the Congress and Akali Dal and shore up its prospects in a state the place it has solely ever performed second fiddle.
Mr Sirsa’s exit is a setback for the Akali Dal, which is attempting to regain misplaced floor in Punjab, a state it dominated until 2017.
Mr Sirsa, 48, is a Sikh politician from Sirsa in Haryana. He was an in depth aide of Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal.
A former Delhi MLA, Mr Sirsa can also be the chief of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee.
He turned the face of the farmer protests in Delhi, after often arranging langar or neighborhood meals for protesters who camped on roads outdoors the capital for over a yr.
Mr Sirsa additionally went to different states like Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand when farmers marching in direction of Delhi to launch their protests have been stopped by the state governments.
As the chief of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, Mr Sirsa confronted criticism when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was honoured with a Siropa (gown of honour for Sikhs) throughout his impromptu go to to the Gurdwara Rakab Ganj in Delhi final yr.
If Mr Sirsa joins, the BJP will purchase an enormous Jat Sikh face earlier than the Punjab polls.
After its break-up with the Akali Dal, the BJP’s Punjab ambitions soared after Congress veteran Amarinder Singh give up his get together after being changed as Chief Minister.
Amarinder Singh has floated his personal get together and is overtly engaged on a tie-up with the BJP, having pledged to struggle the Congress and its Punjab chief Navjot Sidhu, his bitter rival.
The central authorities’s current rollback of three controversial farm legal guidelines signalled how invested the ruling BJP is on securing its prospects in Punjab and western Uttar Pradesh, the place farmers are a robust bloc.