After gurdwara polls win, Akalis want ten seats for Delhi Assembly election

With its ally Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) trouncing the Congress-backed SAD (Delhi) in the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) polls, the BJP hopes to replicate the winning ways in the upcoming Delhi Assembly polls scheduled for end of this year.

The win has created ripples in BJP, which is looking forward to make a dent in the Congress' tally in the last Assembly elections.

The Akalis, riding high on the victory in the Punjab Assembly polls, had asked BJP for more seats in the municipal corporation elections held in 2012. Now with a thumping victory in the DSGMC polls, sources said the Akalis are planning to ask BJP for at least 10 Assembly seats.

"Akalis have already asked for the seat from where I have won. They forget that they did not have the infrastructure to win the gurdwara elections. We have helped them in whatever way we can, so, we have a share in their sweeping victory in the gurdwara elections. Now, the Akalis have started laying claim on Assembly seats," a senior BJP leader said.

Sources said it would be West Delhi that Akalis would make a pitch for. West Delhi constitutes Assembly seats such as Vikaspuri, Rajouri Garden, Tilak Nagar, Hari Nagar, Janakpuri, Uttam Nagar, Najafgarh and Dwarka.

"We have been giving them four seats Rajouri Garden, Janakpuri, Shahdara and Adarsh Nagar. But, Akalis say they should get more seats. They want the Tilak Nagar and Hari Nagar seats as well, which are BJP seats," another senior BJP leader said.

The Akali leaders already have a list of segments where the Sikh community dominates in terms of the number of votes. Senior Akali leaders are expected to put forth this demand to their coalition partner BJP soon.

Akali Dal (Badal) leaders have been fighting on the BJP symbol in accordance with an understanding between the two parties. Akali leaders claimed that they have almost 4 lakh voters in West Delhi constituencies alone.

Commenting on the issue, Delhi BJP chief Vijender Gupta said the party leaders have not received any such demand from SAD (Badal) as yet. "Ours is a natural alliance and we will take up the matter when the time comes," he said.

Please read our terms of use before posting comments
TERMS OF USE: The views expressed in comments published on indianexpress.com are those of the comment writer's alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of The Indian Express Group or its staff. Comments are automatically posted live; however, indianexpress.com reserves the right to take it down at any time. We also reserve the right not to publish comments that are abusive, obscene, inflammatory, derogatory or defamatory.