On the other hand, the several leaders of Shiromani Akali Dal’s (SAD) Delhi unit are also going to thrust momentum in their campaigns so that they can draw more and more Sikh voters towards polling stations.

The SAD wanted to field a candidate from West Delhi constituency but the BJP did not agree to this proposal, which left the party a bit upset.

It’s being said that the Akali leaders and party workers are not campaigning for the BJP candidates for the Lok Sabha elections this time unlike Assembly polls. They campaign along with BJP candidates just for the sake of ‘showing up’.

Till now, two of the biggest rallies of the BJP witnessed thin presence of Akali Dal members. This in turn has left the leaders and candidates of saffron party quite worried.

In order to bring an end to this deadlock, the BJP leaders are in constant talks with the Akali Dal members. The Akali Dal leaders are being urged to come forward, so that a message can be sent that both parties are working together.

In this context, Rajya Sabha MP Naresh Gujral, SAD’s Delhi unit president Manjit Singh GK, party MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa and several other leaders went to BJP’s office and met Delhi Pradesh Election Campaign Committee chief Vijay Kumar Malhotra. The leaders of both camps tried to put up a united face during a press conference.

It needs to be mentioned here that 10 percent Sikhs are in a position to influence the poll results in the West Delhi Parliamentary constituency. Tilak Nagar and Rajauri Garden Assembly constituencies falling under West Delhi have around 35 percent Sikh voters each. Moreover the Harinagar Assembly constituency has around 18 percent Sikh voters. Keeping this very factor in mind, Aam Aadmi Party has fielded Jarnail Singh, while BJP named its Jat candidate Pravesh Varma, the son of former Delhi CM Sahib Singh Verma.  

Keeping this poll equation in mind, the BJP needs to move ahead along with Akalis. In the same way, areas like Chandni Chowk and East Delhi Parliamentary areas also have a considerable population of Sikhs.

This time around, these seats would witness a triangular contest and this further makes the role of Sikhs pretty crucial. Keeping this particular factor in mind, the BJP leaders are making attempts to involve Akali Dal leaders in their campaigns.

It’s being said that a number of senior Akali Dal leaders will soon be seen campaigning for the BJP leaders in Sikh dominated areas of national capital soon.


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