Sena first, and now SAD


KV Prasad

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 17

The SAD tonight pulled out its lone consultant within the Union Cabinet, signalling a fissure in its three-decade-old ties with the BJP. That Harsimrat Kaur Badal referred to it in her resignation letter displays that ties solid by BJP veterans Atal Bihari Vajpayee and LK Advani could have misplaced the sheen the partnership mutually benefited since 1996.

Weakening ties

Ironical it could appear that through the previous one 12 months, BJP’s relations with two of its oldest and staunch supporters — the Shiv Sena and SAD — have slided down.

Ironical it could appear that through the previous one 12 months, BJP’s relations with two of its oldest and staunch supporters – the Shiv Sena and SAD- have slided down. While the Sena shifting away could possibly be attributed to a political compulsion of forming authorities in Maharasthra, there isn’t a such obvious stress on the Akalis. The elections to the state Assembly remains to be 17-odd months away. The SAD has stopped wanting a clear break from the BJP. Now that the three farm Bills the SAD is against are on the right track to get Parliament’s nod, the Akalis could need to work on its political calculations on sustaining its alliance with the nationwide get together. Yet, it selected to step out of the Modi authorities on a day the BJP celebrated the birthday of the Prime Minister.



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