Som Parkash, BJP’s Hoshiarpur nominee wants to resolve differences with miffed Sampla
Som Parkash and Vijay Sampla are political rivals and do not have good ties. Reacting sharply to the denial of a ticket, Sampla on Tuesday took to Twitter saying that the BJP has committed “cow slaughter”.Updated: Apr 24, 2019 15:08 IST
After union minister Vijay Sampla openly expressed his displeasure over the denial of a Lok Sabha ticket, the Bharatiya Janata Party candidate from Hoshiarpur, Som Parkash, took the first step to resolve their differences and said that he would meet Sampla very soon once he returned from New Delhi.
Som Parkash and Vijay Sampla are political rivals and do not have good ties. Reacting sharply to the denial of a ticket, Sampla on Tuesday took to Twitter saying that the BJP has committed “cow slaughter”. Som Parkash, the sitting MLA from Phagwara said that he believed in constructive politics and would campaign on issues and achievements rather than attacking each other personally.
“The Modi government’s achievements and schemes will be on the campaign agenda and we will expose the false promises made by the Congress government in the state,” Parkash said.
A party leader said that they already had very few Schedule Caste (SC) leaders in the state but by denying a ticket to Vijay Sampla, the party had tarnished their image and it would cost the party in the polls. “If Som Parkash wins then there will again be a leadership vacuum in the by-poll while if Som Parkash loses then what will the party gain by losing the seat and denying a ticket to Sampla,” said a party insider.
Another party insider revealed that the party’s internal factionalism was the main reason for the denial of the ticket to Sampla.
Meanwhile, the Shiromani Akali Dal has no issues with the candidature of Som Parkash and the denial of a ticket to Vijay Sampla. Former cabinet minister Sohan Singh Thandal said that they had an alliance with the BJP and would not interfere in the party’s internal matters. “We will give as much support and co-operation to Som Parkash which was given to Sampla in the last elections. Parkash has also fought the parliamentary election in 2009 from Hoshiarpur but lost by a small margin,” Thandal added.