The BJP today said it would contest three Lok Sabha seats and its ally Shiromani Akali Dal 10 in next years general elections from Punjab.
This was the same number of seats contested by the two parties,which are sharing power in Punjab,in the last parliamentary elections in the state.
Punjab BJP chief Kamal Sharma,however,said the party was mulling interchanging some seats with the SAD. Even as the number of Lok Sabha seats to be contested by the two parties would be the same as in 2009 polls,he said: Nevertheless,the BJP may change some constituencies with the SAD.
Sharmas statement assumes significance in the backdrop of BJPs three-time MP from Amritsar Navjot Singh Sidhu coming out in open against the Parkash Singh Badal government on the issue of development funds for his constituency. At present the BJP has only one Lok Sabha MP from Punjab Sidhu from Amritsar constituency.
On the upcoming Delhi elections,Sharma said the SAD and the BJP would unitedly fight the polls. The sharing of seats will be decided by the state units of both the parties shortly, the Punjab BJP chief said.