BJP-SAD committee to analyse Lok Sabha poll results in Punjab
BJP and SAD on Wednesday decided to form a six-member committee to analyse the performance of the two parties in the recently-concluded Lok Sabha polls in Punjab which gave room to fledgling outfit AAP with four seats.
State BJP leaders, led by party’s Punjab affairs in charge Shanta Kumar on Wednesday met chief minister Parkash Singh Badal here to discuss the fact-finding committee report, made by senior BJP leader Balramji Dass Tandon on the Lok Sabha poll results in the state.
“The constitution of the six-member committee will be finalised soon by the two parties,” Kumar told reporters.
“We had a long meeting with chief minister Badal and we kept all issues before him. He agreed that we need to have an in-depth analysis into all the issues,” he said.
“For this, a six-member Committee, three members from each side, will go into details into all these issues and very soon it will come out with its report,” Kumar said.
When asked to comment on media reports that all four BJP ministers – Chuni Lal Bhagat, Madan Mohan Mittal, Anil Joshi and Surjit Kumar Jyani – had resigned from the Cabinet and handed over their resignations to state party president Kamal Sharma yesterday, Kumar said, “no resignations have been taken. There is no such thing.”
“I do not know what is truth in the media reports,” Shanta Kumar said.
He also remained tightlipped when asked if BJP is likely to reshuffle some of its ministers in Punjab.
Punjab BJP president Kamal Sharma told reporters later that, “We put before the Chief Minister the recommendations of the Tandon committee report. We had long discussion with him on a gamut of issues.”
Shanta Kumar said the issues which had hurt the alliance in the Parliamentary polls included sand and gravel shortage and their high prices.
“Property tax was also a major poll issue, issue of VAT refund to traders, problems faced by trade and industry members, drug addiction has entered a dangerous phase in Punjab, which also emerged as a big issue in the polls,” he said.
“First time, BJP got absolute majority on its own. But we are quite sad that despite emerging victorious in the country, in Punjab the results we got were contrary and much below to our expectations,” Kumar said.
Of the 13 Lok Sabha seats in the state, AAP put its stamp of authority on four, ruling SAD four and its ally BJP two while Congress won three seats.
When Shanta Kumar was asked that BJP had not fared that badly in Punjab, he said, We are deeply worried from inside that AAP got 24 per cent vote, which is why I am saying that we have to make in-depth analysis.”
He further said, “as far as our introspection and review at party level is concerned, that review is going on and I hope that this will be completed at the earliest. Appropriate steps will be taken soon once this process is complete.”
To another query that what could be the reasons behind the loss of BJP stalwart Arun Jaitley from Amritsar to former chief minister Amarinder Singh, Kumar said, “We are analysing all things.”