SAD-BSP alliance news: The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) are likely to form an alliance for the next Punjab assembly election scheduled to be held next year. A final announcement about the alliance is likely to be made on Saturday, sources said.
Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal and BSP's General Secretary Satish Mishra, who reached Chandigarh on Friday, are expected to hold a joint press conference on Saturday to announce the pact.
According to sources, the Akali Dal is ready to give 18 seats to BSP. The Akali Dal had walked out of the BJP-led NDA over the new agriculture bills last year.
The alliance will certainly cause some worry for Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) which has been trying of make its presence felt in the state and emerge as the major force elbowing out both the SAD, BJP.
On the other hand, BSP, that has little to showcase in Punjab, would be hoping that the alliance with Akali Dal results in some gains in the northern state.