On Sunday, representatives of the Sanyukt Samaj Morcha (SSM) met with farmer leader Gurnam Singh Chaduni, who had founded the Sanyukt Sangharsh Party to run in the elections.
Balbir Singh Rajewal, the leader of the Sanyukt Samaj Morcha, ruled out forming an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party for the Punjab Assembly elections next month, saying they will announce their candidates within a week. Various Punjab farmer organisations that were involved in the uprising against the Centre’s now-repealed agricultural law indicated last month that they would run for the Punjab Assembly elections.
On Sunday, representatives of the Sanyukt Samaj Morcha (SSM) met with farmer leader Gurnam Singh Chaduni, who had founded the Sanyukt Sangharsh Party to run in the elections. In a statement to the media, the SSM stated that the Morcha will not form a partnership with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). The claims that his political party wanted 60 seats while the AAP only offered ten were dismissed by him as “baseless.”
“We’ll see when the time comes,” Rajewal replied when asked if they’ll partner with anyone else. The Sanyukt Samaj Morcha, according to the leader, has organised three committees: a scrutiny committee for candidate shortlisting, a parliamentary board, and a manifesto committee. “We will release our initial list of applicants in two to three days, and all candidates will be announced within a week,” Rajewal stated. When asked if the candidates will simply be farmers, Rajewal replied they will come from all walks of life, including the Scheduled Castes group and traders.
Chaduni, the chief of the Haryana BKU (Chaduni), met with SSM leaders and announced that his party will not be announcing candidates. Chaduni told reporters here that his organisation has put a hold to the announcement of ten candidates it planned to field, alluding to his negotiations with the SSM.
“As things progress, we will let you know,” he replied when asked if there had been any discussions with them about seat sharing. When asked if he may unite his organisation with the SSM, Chaduni answered it was too early to speculate. When asked about the meeting with Chaduni, Rajewal said the SSM has formed a committee that would investigate their needs and make a decision appropriately.
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“The committee will decide how many tickets they want and how many we can supply,” Rajewal added. In response to a question on the PM’s security breach in Ferozepur, Rajewal said that farmers were not participating and urged that security forces investigate.