Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state unit has sought details about party’s performance from its district presidents about performance in their respective booths in the Lok Sabha elections 2014 in their respective areas.
Party candidate Kirron Kher had won the elections with a record margin of 69,000 votes by defeating Congress candidate, four-time Lok Sabha MP and former railways minister Pawan Kumar Bansal, last month.
However, according to party sources, though Kirron Kher stood first at 417 out of the 520 booths, she performed poorly at 50 odd booths, majority of them in colonies.
Sources added that the party had sought a performance report from various committees formed in the run-up to the polls.
“Most people are happy with the performance of the party at the booth level as well as that of committees formed in the runup to the elections. However, a review would help the party in identifying the problem areas,” a senior party office bearer said.
Chandigarh is divided into five districts comprising 3 3 zones. Each district is headed by a president.
“District presidents have been asked to submit detailed analysis as to what led to the defeat in their booths, if there was one. They would further seek reports from zonal heads,” the party leader said, adding that the exercise was to be completed by mid June.
When contacted, Chandigarh BJP president Sanjay Tandon confir med that he had sought performance reports from district heads. “The idea is to identify weak areas and pat the back of those who did exceptionally well. If we have lost at some booths or areas, we will have to analyse what went wrong there,” Tandon said.
He underlined that there had been booths where the party got 60-70% of the votes. “Those who attributed for it need to be appreciated. It is an ongoing exercise to strengthen the party,” Tandon said, adding that, being the president of the party, he had initiated the exercise to prepare it for future polls.