Jalandhar:A meeting conducted by the district BJP unit workers on Tuesday to analyse the reasons behind humiliating defeat in the recently-held assembly elections, instead presented a divided house.
While the party conducted the meeting with its workers, a section of senior BJP leaders feigned ignorance about any such meeting. The meeting was chaired by District BJP president Ramesh Sharma.
Sources said that the district BJP unit’s meeting was an eyewash act before the BJP Punjab executive, as a meeting was scheduled to be held in the first week of April to analyse the reasons of defeat. “How would we know what was the meeting about, when neither we nor our supporters were invited,” said a senior leader.
“It was the responsibility of the district party chief to inform the senior leaders about such an important meeting. This has brought to the fore groupism and a divided BJP unit in the district,” said another senior party leader.
It was learnt that majority of the local unit workers including women cited anti-incumbency wave as a major reason behind the defeat of the party but contrary to this, senior party leaders named an array of reasons for the party’s rout.
Former Jalandhar North MLA KD Bhandari said that he was not aware of the meeting. “This is sorry state of affairs. Had we been informed, we would have surely sent our representative in the meeting,” he said.
However, Bhandari said that it was anti-incumbency wave against the ruling SAD-BJP combine which led to their rout. When asked that BJP had a cake walk in Uttar Pradesh and Uttrakhand, Bhandari said, “In Punjab, we had a coalition government and various reasons were behind our defeat.”
Another senior leader blamed Mayor Sunil Jyoti and MLA KD Bhandari’s coterie as a big reason behind the loss of urban votes. “Ex Local Bodies Minister Anil Joshi, Sunil Jyoti and Bhandari led a separate campaign of presenting a rosy picture of development but had to bite the dust”, sources added.
Interestingly, many BJP workers also blamed the fights of SAD leader and Senior Deputy Mayor Kamaljit Singh Bhatia and Mayor Sunil Jyoti in Municipal Corporation, demonitisation and the almost ‘nil’ presence of senior BJP leader Bhagat Chuni Lal in the government.
“Similarly, the Centre government’s decision to appoint Union Minister of State Vijay Sampla as BJP Punjab president, so as to garner dalit votes also proved a failure. The party lost massively in all dalit dominated areas in the state”, said a party leader close to ex MLA Manoranjan Kalia.
BJP district president Ramesh Sharma said that this was the third meeting in series to analyse the reason behind defeat with party workers. “Soon, we will hold a meeting of all ex MLAs in the district”, he
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