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In January last year, Ashwani Sharma, a former legislator from Pathankot, was appointed president of state unit.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)

Farm stir, leadership crisis in Punjab unit pose twin challenges for BJP

By Smriti Kak Ramachandran, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 18, 2021 07:43 AM IST
A second functionary said the party’s expansion and consolidation in the state appear difficult in the absence of a “Sikh face” and leaders who have clout within the state’s scheduled caste population.
Punjab BJP chief Ashwani Sharma firmly believes that farmers will ultimately see benefits of the new laws.(Gurminder Singh/HT)
Punjab BJP chief Ashwani Sharma firmly believes that farmers will ultimately see benefits of the new laws.(Gurminder Singh/HT)

No rethink on farm laws, but will reach out to farmers again for talks: Punjab BJP chief Ashwani Sharma

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2020 08:47 AM IST
HT INTERVIEW Facing unrelenting fury of farmers and political heat from the opposition parties over the farm laws, the BJP in Punjab finds itself in a tight spot. Left alone, after the rupture of its alliance with the Akalis, it is hard pressed to defend the Modi government’s contentious decision that may potentially bedevil its ambition to expand its base in the rural areas ahead of the 2022 assembly elections. Leading the saffron party’s firefighting is its Punjab president Ashwani Sharma, 56, who sounded confident about the Centre pacifying the farmers, in an interview with Executive Editor Ramesh Vinayak and Principal Reporter Ravinder Vasudeva. Excerpts:

Will make party relevant in every corner of Punjab ahead of 2022 assembly polls: Punjab BJP chief Ashwani Sharma

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2020 11:04 PM IST
Punjab is going to polls in 2022 and my top priority will be to expand the base of my party
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Former Punjab BJP president Kamal Sharma cremated

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent, Ferozepur
PUBLISHED ON OCT 28, 2019 11:07 PM IST
49-year-old Sharma had gone for a walk on the Mall road in the cantonment area when he collapsed and was rushed to a local hospital where he was declared brought dead
Rajya Sabha MP Shwait Malik (54) replaces Union minister of state and Hoshiarpur Lok Sabha MP Vijay Sampla as BJP’s new Punjab chief.(HT File)
Rajya Sabha MP Shwait Malik (54) replaces Union minister of state and Hoshiarpur Lok Sabha MP Vijay Sampla as BJP’s new Punjab chief.(HT File)

Jaitley’s pick Shwait Malik appointed Punjab BJP chief

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON APR 01, 2018 10:41 AM IST
The 2019 Lok Sabha polls will the first litmus test for Malik and keeping the BJP-Akali Dal ties on even keel will be his key challenge.
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