Report says that a decade long alliance may head to divorce before the 2017 state assembly elections in the Punjab.
The speculation gained the ground after newly appointed Punjab affairs in-charge of BJP, Ram Shankar Katheria recently confidently said that party may go alone in next State election in case of any eventuality.
While his two day visit to the State, Katheria said,"The BJP has no problem in running the government in alliance with SAD; but in case the workers and party leaders wish to fight alone, and a favourable scenario develops in the state, we may have to think like that".
Even Parkash Singh Baldal led SAD reacted sharply on the matter. SAD general secretary and spokesman Maheshinder Singh Grewal in a stern reply said, "SAD is the mother party of Punjab, and doesn't need crutches for survival".
It is being said that differences is brewing up between two parties quite some time now. Since alliance came to existence, the SAD has been in commanding position and BJP has to satisfy with second in-commander post. But report says that after Narendra Modi government got big mandate in the Centre, the saffron party has become more assertive.
Moreover bitterness further got vitiated after SAD decided to contest Assembly elections in Haryana in alliance with INLD.
Earlier, when asked about this recent murmur about this alliance break up, the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said, "The BJP will always support the SAD and the BJP-SAD coalition is unbreakable. There is no question of breaking the alliance".
But sources says that BJP is preparing to go alone in the Punjab. Experts say that with the motive to woo Sikhs votebanks, the BJP recently had announced compensation for 1984 riot victims.
BJP is brimming with confidence after going alone registered historical victory in two State election Haryana and Maharashtra. BJP wrested two States which were the fiefdom of the Congress.