NEW DELHI: Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Friday questioned the “seat-sharing” arrangement between SAD and BSP for assembly polls in Punjab next year and sought clarity about the “Panthik” seats being given to Mayawati’s outfit to contest.
“There are two parties which have formed an alliance. We’ve no idea about how they will contest, same symbol or not. There were some negative remarks about the alliance too. One party said the other one has been given some panthik seats,” he said at a press conference and added, “I’m a proud Sikh and consider the entire land of Punjab is holy and Panthik.”
Without taking any name, Puri referred to SAD giving ‘Panthik’ (pious) seats like Anandpur Sahib and Chamkaur Sahib, major Sikh pilgrim centres, to BSP.
He also renewed an offer of dialogue with agitating farmers.”The PM and the government have made it repeatedly clear that if there are any doubts, they are ready to sit with farmers,” he said. He was accompanied by party spokesperson Sambit Patra, who said the report of a farmer being forced to stage self immolation was a heinous incident and should be probed by agencies.