SAD chief and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal later trashed talks of strains between the two parties, calling the alliance 'permanent' and claiming there were 'no differences' between them.

Sukhbir Badal, who had raised the issue of coordination at NDA's meeting yesterday, met Shah along with senior Akali leaders Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and Naresh Gujral and spent over an hour with him.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was also present during the dinner meeting where the leaders of the two parties discussed the strategy for the state assembly polls.

"The Akali Dal and BJP are like one party and would not just contest the next election together but also elections in next 20 years. We discussed with the BJP chief the strategy on how to win the next election and would soon form a core committee to work on it and help improve coordination between the alliance partners," Badal told reporters after the meeting.

He said there was no question of breaking the alliance between the two parties. Asked about any change in seat-sharing formula, he said there could be swapping of some seats but BJP would contest 23 and the Akali Dal the remaining out of a total of 117 assembly constituencies in the state.

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