SAD-BSP alliance in Punjab: Farm-laws wound is too raw and Dalit disaffection too deep

The SAD is reeling from the Jat-Sikh anger against the new farm laws and, despite a third of Punjab’s population being Dalit, it has been 25 years since the BSP turned out a creditable electoral performance in the state. Given this scenario, the new SAD-BSP alliance has its work cut out, writes Ronki Ram

The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) is a Sikh heritage political party of Punjab. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), the newly announced alliance partner of SAD, also originated in Punjab, where Dalits comprise a third of its population, but it blossomed in Uttar Pradesh. Both SAD and BSP are currently entangled in adverse political circumstances. The SAD is finding it difficult to maintain its heritage status. Despite being a party of the Sikhs, it is now suffering the consequences of not defending the interests of its core support base, the farmers of the state who are mostly Jat Sikhs. On the other hand, the BSP has been experiencing an existential crisis in its birthplace for some time.

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