The cold war between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state chief Vijay Sampla and Phagwara BJP MLA Som Parkash is still going on.Sampla’s recent visit to Phagwara confirmed the fact of.
Sampla spent five hours in Phagwara constituency on Sunday but the MLA Parkash remained 'unaware' of his visit. Union minister of State for social justice and empowerment minister Sampla accompanied by his local supporters conducted a ‘Swachh Bharat’ campaign at the city railway station. Later on Sampla also inspected the local civil hospital. Sampla also visited few local BJP workers. However, MLA Som Parkash remained absent during the entire time.
When Sampla was questioned about the MLA’s absence, he said, “This is my party’s personal matter and media has nothing to do with it.”
“My workers had invited Parkash but due to his busy schedule he could not make it,” he added. Parkash, however, when contacted showed complete ignorance about minister’s visit in the city. “I am not even aware of Vijay Sampla’s visit in the city. I have not received any invitation from their side regarding the matter,” Parkash said.
Sources said that the ongoing tussle between both BJP leaders had widened during the assembly elections when Parkash blamed Sampla supporters for canvassing in support of Congress. The MLA had even complained against Sampla supporters before the party high command. Even though, after his win from Phagwara, Sampla visited the constituency many times but he has not held any one-to-one meeting with Parkash.
Local BJP leaders including Sunil Chum, chairman of Phagwara Improvement Trust, BJP circle president Pankaj Chawla, along with district general secretary Avtar Singh Mand and others accompanied the minister. They had opposed the MLA’s candidature openly and did not take part in Parkash’s campaign.
Addressing the media persons on Sunday, Sampla said, “A new proposal has been sent to ministry of road transport and highways for early construction of the elevated bridge project.” Last year, the Phagwara MLA had objected to the construction of elevated road, seeking some changes in the project and demanding construction of a solid bridge. “The construction work should be completed as soon as possible whether it is elevated or solid bridge,” MLA Parkash said.