On Saturday, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) forge an alliance ahead of the Punjab assembly elections. Last year, Shiromani Akali Dal had cut ties with the BJP over the Centre’s controversial agriculture bills. Sukhbir Singh Badal, SAD chief, made an official announcement, in which the BSP will contest on 20 seats and SAD on the remaining 97 seats. Both the parties are forming an alliance after 27 years. In the 1996 Lok Sabha elections, their alliance had won 11 out of 13 seats in Punjab. The Mayawati-led BSP had then won three seats, while the Akali Dal had won eight out of 10 seats.