In the midst of speculations surrounding the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) potential realignment with the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), Sunil Jakhar, the newly elected Punjab BJP Chief, chose to remain tight-lipped. However, senior leaders accompanying him during his visit to Amritsar indicated that the chances of such a development were slim.
Vijay Rupani, the Punjab BJP in-charge, expressed confidence in the party’s ability to strengthen its presence in the state under Jakhar’s leadership alone. Dismissing any official move towards realignment with the SAD, Rupani affirmed that the BJP would contest all 13 Lok Sabha seats in 2024 independently. “I want to make it clear that we will forge ahead in the coming days and perform well in Punjab,” he asserted.
During his visit, the newly elected Punjab BJP President paid homage at the Golden Temple, Durgiana Mandir, and Ram Tirath Sthal. This occasion held additional significance as officials from the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) recognized Jakhar’s visit and honored him officially at the information office. They presented him with a portrait of the Golden Temple and religious literature.
Jakhar expressed that he had come to seek the blessings of the Almighty before embarking on his new journey. He emphasized that his main focus would be addressing the challenges faced by the state and working towards a brighter future for Punjab.
When questioned about the rumors surrounding the realignment with the SAD, Jakhar stated that he would soon clarify the party’s position on the matter.
Manjinder Sirsa suggested that rather than considering an alliance with any party in the state, the BJP should engage directly with the masses.