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Sukhu apprises CM of initiatives

punjab Updated: May 24, 2014 19:12 IST
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Amid a blame game over the poll debacle, Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee chief Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu on Saturday met chief minister Virbhadra Singh to the initiative seeking detailed results of home polling booths of ministers, legislators and party officer bearers.

Sukhu's meeting with chief minister came a day after he was widely criticized by chief minister Virbhadra Singh and a few of his cabinet colleagues.

In the meeting lasted for one hour, both the leaders are said to have deliberated on the factors that led to party's dismal performance in all the four parliamentary segments and one assembly segment during the recently concluded elections.

Sukhu told chief minister Virbhadra Singh that intention behind seeking the detailed reports from the office bearers was not undertaken to undermine anybody's dignity and authority, but it was aimed at getting realistic feedback about ministers, legislators and other officer bearers.

He has also discussed the lapses on part of both -government and organisation. Chief minister Virbhadra Singh has been attributing party's defeat to Modi wave.

The chief minister on Saturday had gone on record accusing the party office bearers of being ineffective during the elections. Singh alleged that the majority of members of Sukhu's team spent more time at party headquarters instead of campaigning for the party nominees.

Sukhu's direction to party's district presidents to collect the home polling booths' detailed results had come after chief minister made an attempt to blame him for the defeat.

The Congress party was drubbed in almost all the assembly segments baring the nine. Except for industries minister Mukesh Agnihotri and forest minister Thakur Singh Bharmauri, all the ministers not only failed to secure lead for the party nominees but performed poorly in the Lok Sabha election.

The BJP secured a lead of over 10,000 votes from transport minister G S Bali, lead of over 9,000 from power minister Sujan Singh Pathania's segment Fatehpur. Urban development minister Sudhir Sharma also failed to secure lead and BJP got lead of over 8,000 votes.

In Mandi district from segment represented by three ministers- health minister Kaul Singh Thakur, excise minister Prakash Chaudhary and rural development minister Anil Sharma; the BJP secured a lead of over 1,500 over 5,000 and over 6,000 votes respectively.

Senior minister Vidya Stokes and social justice minister Dhani Ram Shandil also failed to secure lead for Congress nominee.

Even chief minister failed to resist Modi wave in his segment Shimla rural, it was the BJP that secured the lead of over 1,700 votes.

There are reports that many of the Congress legislators failed to secure lead in their respective home booths. If sources in the party are to be believed, over one dozen Congress legislators were beaten at their own booths. "I'm very much aware that all the data are available on the Election Commission website, my intention behind the whole exercise is to assess the performance of the party leaders at their own booths," Sukhu told HT after meeting the chief minister.

The district presidents are gathering booth-wise information on the party office bearers and those holding positions in the government.