Except for the one seat that it won unopposed in alliance with the SAD, the BJP has failed to make an impression in all four block samiti seats in Muktsar district where its candidates were contesting against the SAD and other candidates.
The BJP had fielded its candidates at four seats after it failed to reach a consensus with the SAD. The BJP candidates contested from Malout, Goniana, Khapian Wali and Balamgarh block samiti seats. However, the SAD candidates won all these seats comfortably.
"We were left with no time to field our candidates after our talks for seat-sharing with the SAD failed at the last moment. We had 15 candidates but only four managed to file the papers due to shortage of time. We would have put up a better show had we got more time for preparation," Rakesh Dhingra, BJP leader from Muktsar, said.
Guru Sidhwan is the only block samiti seat won by the BJP candidate unopposed in alliance with the SAD.
SAD's first victory in Gidderbaha after Manpreet
Muktsar: The SAD has registered its first electoral victory in Gidderbaha after PPP leader Manpreet Badal left the party in 2010, by winning 23 of the 25 block samiti seats in the constituency.
The Congress and the People's Party of Punjab won one block samiti seat each. Congress candidate Paramjit Singh won from Kotli and PPP candidate Hardeep Singh Khalsa won from Gurusar.
The SAD also won all 20 block samiti seats in Malout constituency. The Congress and the PPP failed to open their account here.