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Bathinda: Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) will contest four seats in next month's Assembly polls in Delhi, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister and party president, Sukhbir Singh Badal said here on Saturday.

"Shiromani Akali Dal will contest four seats in alliance with BJP. Our party candidates will be announced soon," he said here.

Earlier, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh had said that both SAD and its ally BJP would soon finalise the seat sharing arrangement for the Delhi assembly.

The Chief Minister had said that the alliance between both the partners was not only confined to seat and power sharing but it was meant for ensuring overall development of the country on one hand and promotion of brotherhood and communal harmony on the other.

Both SAD and BJP had jointly contested the previous assembly polls in Delhi.

Meanwhile, Sukhbir today announced that Punjab Government

would construct sports stadia at block level at a cost of Rs 1.5 crore each in the next one year to ensure maximum participation from Punjab in the Indian contingent at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

He also announced that Union Minister Nitin Gadkari will on January 22 lay down foundation stone for four-laning of Bathinda-Chandigarh highway costing Rs 3,300 crore.

Sukhbir said in the next two years 12 major roads including Shambhu-Jalandhar, Jalandhar-Pathankot, Jalandhar-Amritsar, Amritsar-Pathankot, Amritsar-Zira- Ganganagar, Ludhiana-Talwandi, Hoshiarpur-Jind, Kharar-Ludhiana, Kurali-Kirtapur Sahib, Zirakpur-Patiala, Zirakpur-Bathinda would be converted to 4- or 6-lanes.

Addressing the gathering during a sports event at Chauke village here, Sukhbir said Punjab government has prepared a comprehensive plan to strengthen sports culture in the state and under this, budding players would be admitted to the Punjab Institute of Sports where admission would take place from April 2015.

He asserted that Punjabis have a huge potential to perform at international level.

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