BJP meet to assess Punjab poll debacle today
The first meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after the poll debacle in Punjab is likely to be a stormy affair with many leaders set to put the onus of the party’s defeat on state BJP chief Vijay Sampla.punjab Updated: Apr 01, 2017 08:36 IST
The first meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after the poll debacle in Punjab is likely to be a stormy affair with many leaders set to put the onus of the party’s defeat on state BJP chief Vijay Sampla.
The meeting, scheduled to be held at party headquarters in Chandigarh on Saturday, will be chaired by party’s national organisational secretary Ram Lal and Punjab affair’s in-charge Parbhat Jha.
The BJP could won only three seats out of total 23 it contested in Punjab and party’s vote share shrunk to 5.4% as compare to 7.13% in the 2012 polls.
Even as the Sampla faction has planned to put onus of the defeat over the “misrule and anti-incumbency” of the alliance partner SAD, other leaders, including party’s former state chief Kamal Sharma, are set to gun for Sampla and his team, say sources.
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“Just a few months before the polls, Sampla was appointed Punjab BJP chief to target the Scheduled Caste votes. But the BJP lost badly in the Dalit-dominated Doaba region. The only Dalit seat which the party won is in Phagwara, where Sampla faction openly canvassed against party candidate Som Parkash,” said a senior leader from the Kamal Sharma group.
The other charge Sampla is facing even from those leaders who were once standing by his side is propelling factionalism in the party. Sampla group, meanwhile, has also brought ground level reports to counter the allegations from opponents.
“There may be allegations that Tikshan Sud lost the Hoshiarpur seat because of the Sampla group, but he also lost from the ward where his wife is a councillor in the civic body,” a Sampla supporter said.