Chandigarh: Prepping up for the Assembly polls in Punjab next year, the state unit of BJP on Wednesday said it will reach out to Deras to “get their blessings” for the hustings.“We will go to Deras … and we will go to them openly,” Punjab BJP president Vijay Sampla said here when asked whether the party will approach the Deras in the wake of Punjab polls.
“Where even four people are standing, we will meet them. They may have their issues,” said Sampla, who is also a Union Minister. Notably, political parties in Punjab woo Deras or sects near elections as many of them have a sizeable number of followers in the state. There are around 10,000 Deras in Punjab alone. Asked about the swapping of seats with BJP’s ally SAD, he said a meeting with the Akalis in this regard will soon be held.
“We will sit and decide (on swapping). There should be a consensus on what they (Akalis) want and what we want,” he said. However, he evaded a reply on the number of seats to be swapped. Notably, BJP is seeking Batala, Barnala, Garhshankar and Mansa and it is ready to leave Amritsar East, Abohar, Rajpura and Ludhiana West
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