Captain Amarinder Singh meets Amit Shah, discuss seat-sharing arrangements

Punjab Lok Congress has decided to enter seat-sharing arrangements with BJP for upcoming Punjab Assembly elections.

Captain Amarinder Singh meets Amit Shah, discuss seat-sharing arrangements

New Delhi: Ahead of Punjab polls, former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has met Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP President J.P. Nadda to finalize seat-sharing arrangements between his Punjab Lok Congress and the BJP.

Mr. Singh has announced that he will have seat-sharing arrangements with BJP for the upcoming Punjab Assembly elections.

The BJP's Punjab in-charge and Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and former Akali Dal MLA Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa also attended the meeting.

BJP is keen to play a big brother role in the alliance by keeping nearly 70 seats out of 117 Assembly seats and offering to share 47 seats to Captain and Dhindsa’s outfit.

Following Shiromani Akali Dal break away from NDA, BJP has decided to make an alliance with Captain Amarinder Singh’s new party Punjab Lok Congress.

Prime Minister is likely to launch the alliance campaign in Punjab with a rally in the first week of January.

Mr Singh, who stepped down as Chief Minister and quit Congress after a bitter power tussle within the state party unit, had said earlier this month that the alliance is confirmed and only seat-sharing equations need to be finalised.

"We will see who will contest where, our criteria for seat selection is purely winnability," Mr Singh had told the media after a meeting with Mr Shekhawat.

The 79-year-old had also expressed confidence that the alliance will put up a good show in the upcoming polls.

"The alliance will definitely, 101 per cent win the elections. You can take that in writing," he had said, NDTV reported.

Because of Captain’s leadership, Congress has won the Punjab elections in 2017. Now he is up against it in his fight for political survival. Mr. Singh resigned to the Chief Minister after being ‘humiliated’ by the party.