In the ongoing meetings with MLAs and halqas-incharge of the SAD-BJP coalition, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Thursday met representatives of the saffron party, and asked them to ensure timely completion of development works going on in their constituencies.
Besides the sitting MLAs, the BJP had called the candidates who had lost in the assembly polls of 2012, to represent the constituencies. Out of 117, the BJP had contested on 23 constituencies and won on 12. The meeting was held at the government guesthouse at SAS Nagar.
Sukhbir had got a survey done of the 23 BJP seats. The objective of the meeting was to share feedback/findings of the survey. Questions in the survey pertained to corruption, drugs, development and accessibility of MLAs.
In one-on-one meetings with the representatives in which newly appointed president of the state BJP Vijay Sampla was also present, Sukhbir asked them to publicise the development works going on in their constituencies, and send requisition for more funds, if required, for other development works.
Sampla, who already seems in election preparedness mode, along with Sukhbir, discussed people’s perception about the SAD-BJP coalition government in different constituencies.
A few party MLAs and party cabinet ministers Madan Mohan Mittal, Anil Joshi and Surjeet Kumar Jyani were not present at the meeting. Sampla was asked to convey the outcome of the meeting to them.
Mittal said the message for the meeting came on Wednesday night while he was already in Delhi, so he deputed an aide to attend it on his behalf.
Navjot arrives after Sukhbir leaves
CPS Navjot Kaur Sidhu, who arrived to attend the meeting after Sukhbir had left, told HT that she had given a list of development works pending in her constituency. She said she got late for the meeting as she had flown in from Delhi after meeting her husband Navjot Singh Sidhu, who took oath as a nominated member of the Rajya Sabha on Thursday.
“I stick to my stand that I would not contest the forthcoming assembly polls in case the BJP continued its alliance with the SAD,” she said, adding that it is her personal view and her husband might have a different view on it.
Kamal didn’t let development work take place: Nannu
Two-time MLA from Ferozepur, Sukhpal Singh Nannu, told HT that he had conveyed in the meeting that former state BJP president Kamal Sharma didn’t allow proper development in the constituency and never kept him in the loop on the progress of the development work going on.
He said now that he had been asked, he would come up with the works to be done in the constituency. Sharma is preparing to contest from the constituency.