Amid the ongoing war of words between Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the sudden decision of both parties to contest the Bathinda municipal corporation (BMC) elections together has surprised the local BJP leaders.
The decision to keep the alliance intact has come after nearly a week after BJP district president (urban) Parminder Goyal had claimed that BJP was all capable of going alone in the MCB elections.
However, reports also suggest that SAD, BJP may stick to the old formula of the SAD playing Big Brother and keep the chair of mayor with it.
Interestingly, except Parminder Goyal, no other local leader came forward to confirm the development despite the fact that the SAD has already extended an invitation for a joint press conference by both parties to announce the decision on Monday.
However, in-charge of BJP affairs in the district, Sandeep Renwa, declined to confirm any such development. "I do not know about any press conference. If there would be any press conference, I must have information about it." When he was again reached after SAD issued a press release on the press conference, , Sandeep again declined to comment.
It was not only Sandeep, but all the other eleven members the district-level core group of the BJP also expressed ignorance about the press conference.
Asked why no meeting of the core group was held before taking the decision on the alliance, Goyal said, "Such decisions are taken by the high command and the core group meeting has been also been called as per instructions from the high command."
On reaction of Sandeep Renwa, he said, "Sandeep is aware about the situation and he will be present in the press conference."
However, according to reports, not all the members of the core group may participate in the meeting to be held on Monday before announcements.
"We are surprised. No one was taken in confidence as the BJP high command has been misguided. First, we made statements about going alone in the BMC elections and then suddenly backed off. It has demoralised BJP workers," said a core group member.