BSP tie-up won’t help Akalis: It’s advantage Congress in Punjab 2022
- Mayawati’s party seems unlikely to be able to churn votes for the Akali Dal the way the BJP used to. The BSP’s vote share has hardly been of influence in past elections. Even the Dalit vote, which the Akali Dal hopes to attract, seems to favour the ruling Congress more
Last September, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) quit its long-time alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) following discord over the contentious farm laws. In June, it filled the void with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), with an eye on Punjab’s crucial Dalit vote in the 2022 Assembly elections. But past election trends show the Mayawati-led party may not be enough to get the Akalis across the line against the ruling Congress.