BJP to lead ZP, block samitis in 23 constituencies
Unlike the previous elections of Zila parishad and block samiti in 2008, Bhartiya janata party, the coalition partner of Shiromani AKali Dal in Punjab government, seems much satisfied with the coalition arrangement for the forthcoming polls.chandigarh Updated: May 13, 2013 22:06 IST
Unlike the previous elections of Zila parishad and block samiti in 2008, Bhartiya janata party, the coalition partner of Shiromani AKali Dal in Punjab government, seems much satisfied with the coalition arrangement for the forthcoming polls.
There were clashes between the two coalition partners during the previous elections and the relations of two parties were so strained that the coalition was on the brink of breaking when as a reaction to the clashes BJP ministers even offered to resign, but situation somehow was averted.
"For the forthcoming things are very clear", pointed BJP Punjab president Kamal Sharma. Out of around 3000 seats of block samitis in state, BJP is contesting on 330 seats and from total 325 zila parishad members all over the state BJP is contesting over 35 and SAD on the rest. As Sharma revealed a committee comprising of Dr Daljit Singh cheema of SAD and Tikshan Sud of BJP has helped in making things smooth for the coalition, this time.
As per arrangement with SAD, in Fazilka, Ferozpur, Pathankot, Abohar, Gurdaspur, Nangal, Hoshairpur and Mukerian, the chairpersons in block samitis would be from BJP and in Zila parshad of Pathankot district the saffron party would have its chairperson.
In the previous elections SAD was apprehensive of allowing BJP enter in rural areas of Punjab, considering it to be their stronghold. But this time things have changed, as SAD ventured into urban areas in assembly polls, it gave BJP free hand in the rural areas. As Kamal Sharma adds, "being a cadre based party, BJP has cells in every corner of the state, and SAD has also realized this, we also want that our rural units also get recognition".
Things may have been smooth in the state but there is difference of opinion in Muktsar, Malout, Faridkot and Sahnewal where no settlement could be reached between the two coalition partners and both SAD and BJP are opposed to each other.
Since past 15 years, when SAD and BJP entered into a coalition in 1997, SAD for the first time has given free hand to BJP in the rural pockets of 23 constituencies where BJP contested during assembly elections. "We may be contesting on 23 assembly constituencies out 117 and 3 parliament seats out of 13, but our presence is in entire state, in urban and rural belts, so we deserve proper treatment in block samiti and zila parshad polls," quipped Sharma adding that SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal also realize that during parliament and assembly polls, BJP cadre helps SAD all across the state.
Agenda during the polls, according to Sharma is withdrawal of wealth tax on agriculture land with the efforts of Punjab government and farmers in the border areas with land across the security fence not getting compensation.
First Published: May 13, 2013 19:44 IST