The meeting of Punjab BJP leaders here on Saturday to ascertain the reasons behind the recent poll debacle proved to be a mere formality with national organisational secretary Ram Lal skipping it due to commitments in Delhi.
Sources said a few voices of dissent were raised against state BJP chief Vijay Sampla but because Ram Lal was not there, many leaders who planned to question his role during the elections did not do so.
“We planned to corner Sampla before the national organisational secretary. Since he skipped the meeting, there was no fun in raising the questions before Punjab BJP affairs in-charge Prabhat Jha as he is already aware of the issues,” said a leader on condition of anonymity.
The meeting of core committee leaders, assembly poll candidates, district presidents and office-bearers ended after Jha and Sampla issued directions for the preparations of the BJP’s founding day celebrations.
Later speaking to the media, Sampla attacked Capt Amarinder Singh, saying the chief minister was trying to fulfil his promises of farm debt waiver by seeking the Centre’s assistance.
He said the BJP will organise functions from April 6 to 14 to mark the party’s founding day anniversary.