The BJP on Saturday claimed that a three-pronged strategy had helped it emerge victorious in the Dasuya by-poll with a record margin.
"We planned our campaign by covering the entire geographical area of the constituency, covering all castes and communities and running a final campaign keeping in view the needs of the people living in particular areas like Kandi, Bet and Dasuya town," said state BJP president Ashwani Sharma.
"The BJP had a head-start over the Congress by starting the campaign well in advance. By the time the Congress declared its candidate, Sahi had covered all 262 villages," he said.
Thanking people of Dasuya for reposing faith in the alliance, Sharma said the BJP focused on its traditional vote bank comprising literate middleclass people.
The party organised a meeting of around 1,000 intellectuals, including doctors, engineers, advocates and professionals, with which it grabbed the attention of people from different fields, he said. National general secretary JP Nadda, revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia and Hoshiarpur BJP MP Avinash Rai Khanna addressed the meeting.
He said that on June 24, the BJP organised a SAD-BJP key workers' meet, which was addressed by chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and Avinash Rai Khanna.
During the initial days, the party instructed the neighbouring mandal units to take charge of the entire constituency and start an initial campaign, he added.
Forceful verdict for good governance, says Badal
Hailing the victory of SAD-BJP candidate Sukhjeet Kaur in the Dasuya assembly byelection, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal said that the election result, a "trailer" to the 2014 general elections, was a testimony of the faith reposed by people in the policies and programmes of his government.
In a statement issued here, Badal said the result was a forceful verdict for good governance and a rejection of the "divisive" politics practised by the Congress. He said he would undertake a tour of Dasuya segment from July 26 to 29 to express his gratitude to voters.
Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said in a release that the Dasuya victory was a clear signal to political parties that "whosoever will perform will survive in Punjab politics". "It's the last nail in the coffin of the anti-people Congress," he said.