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After AAP-JJP, SAD-BJP come together in Haryana

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

The (SAD) Thursday forged an alliance with the in Haryana and announced that it would not contest any of the 10 Lok Sabha seats in the state and instead extend support to the saffron party on all.

The parties, who are allies in the neighbouring Punjab, will also fight the elections, scheduled to take place later this year, together.

The development comes hours after the (AAP) and the fledgling (JJP) announced their alliance in the state for the May 12 Lok Sabha polls.

Last year, had said the party would contest the parliamentary polls alone in Haryana.

Senior and party in-charge for Haryana affairs, Balwinder said the decision to ally with the in Haryana was taken keeping in view the "need of the present circumstances".

"The common goal of the two parties is to see the return of the NDA government at the Centre with a majority," Bhunder told

"Our held a meeting with in a few days back wherein it was decided that our party would extend support to them in parliamentary elections," he said.

Bhunder, also SAD's national vice and a Rajya Sabha MP, said his party decided to not contest any seat as the BJP had already announced its candidates for some.

"We wanted to contest a seat or two but the BJP said they have already announced candidates on eight seats. Therefore, we decided to extend support to them instead of contesting any Lok Sabha seat ourselves," he said.

"However, in polls, which are due in October, the BJP will leave a few seats for us to contest, modalities for which will be worked out later," he added.

Addressing a press conference in Narwana earlier in the day, Haryana described as a natural ally of the BJP.

Bhunder, president Subhash Barala, president and SAD MLA Balkaur Singh were also present at the press conference.

"The SAD will support the BJP's candidates in the Lok Sabha elections. It will play a significant role in ensuring the victory of BJP candidates," Khattar said.

"Narendra Modi will be the for a second term," he asserted.

Asked about the AAP-JJP alliance, Khattar said, "It won't affect our prospects.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, April 12 2019. 21:25 IST
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