Term it preparations for by-poll in the Patiala constituency or the Bharatiya Janata Party’s strong mandate at the national level, local leaders of the BJP have become more assertive.
They have now decided to lay stress on development works in different wards under the civic body jurisdiction.
BJP’s local unit members will meet Patiala deputy commissioner to demand the hand over of the work of issuing birth and death certificate back to the Patiala Municipal Corporation for the convenience of the residents.
The local unit of the BJP, which earlier remained silent over so called development agenda of the government, have started questioning its partners over development issues.
Be it feedback sessions over property tax or ignoring development works, the civic body authorities have found it difficult to reply to the queries being raised by BJP’s local unit.
Due to the poor develop-ment agenda, both SAD and BJP leaders faced the defeat of party candidate Deepinder Singh Dhillon.
In the Patiala urban constituency, Dhillon got only 16, 342 votes while Congress Preneet Kaur got 43,238 votes and AAP’s Dharamvira Gandhi 35, 674 votes. Likewise in the Patiala rural constituency, Dhillon secured 26,030 votes while Preneet and Gandhi secured 42,290 and 56,287 votes, respectively. With former chief minister captain Amarinder Singh resigning as Patiala urban MLA, the by-election to the constituency is scheduled to be held in September.
BJP urban unit president Anil Bajaj said: “We will visit every ward to note down pending development works, so that they can be completed at the earliest. Moreover, the focus will be on providing basic amenities to residents”.
With people facing much harassment in getting death and birth certificates, the BJP local unit plans to launch an agitation if the work of issuing certificates is not handed back to the municipal corporation from suvidha centres. “It is total chaos in suvidha centres as people have to make several rounds first to get a registration receipt and then to get the certificate. We only want that a separate counter should be set on the premises of the Municipal Corporation office, as it is one of the major problems faced by the residents these days,” Bajaj said.