New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: After distancing itself from one of its oldest allies, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Wednesday took a U-turn and shook hands with the BJP to render its support to the party for the upcoming Delhi Assembly Elections, after the top leadership of both the parties met in New Delhi. 

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SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal after meeting BJP President JP Nadda on Wednesday dubbed the alliance between BJP and SAD as an emotional alliance rather than just a political alliance. He also said that certain certain "misunderstandings" between the two parties over the controversial Citizenship Act have been amicably resolved.

"The SAD-BJP alliance is not just a political alliance. It is bound by emotions, for peace, the future, and interests of Punjab and the country. There were some misunderstandings that have been sorted out," said Badal as reported by news agency ANI.

"We never broke the alliance. We just decided to contest the election separately. We've been supporting the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) from the beginning. We had also gone to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Home Minister Amit Shah for granting citizenship for Sikhs, who have been subjected to persecution in Pakistan and Afghanistan," he added.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Jagat Prakash Nadda, who met SAD leaders reaffirmed the strength of his party's alliance with the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), terming their togetherness as the oldest and strongest."

"The alliance of BJP and SAD is the oldest and strongest. I am thankful to the SAD, which has decided to support the BJP in the ensuing assembly elections in Delhi," Nadda said as reported by ANI.

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SAD, an old ally of the BJP, had earlier decided not to contest the election in Delhi, over their differences with the BJP regarding their stand on the Citizenship Amendment Act. 

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