Newly appointed Punjab BJP chief Vijay Sampla has said he did not consider AAP a major challenge ahead of the 2017 assembly elections and also dismissed it as an emerging third force in Punjab.
Sampla was reacting to a question if the BJP would make any changes in its poll strategy vis-a-vis Aam Aadmi Party. He was in Jalandhar Sunday.
Claiming that AAP has no faces, the Union Minister of State said people who claimed to be party leaders and contender for Assembly tickets a few months ago are nowhere to be seen now and new bidders have entered the field. “AAP will sell its tickets to those who will give the highest bid and many new bidders have emerged in every assembly segment,” said Sampla.
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He also said that AAP’s national convener Arvind Kejriwal’s tour in Punjab will not make much impact.
About his party’s preparations for the elections, Sampla said both new and old faces would be considered while distributing tickets. Replying a to query whether BJP will bring in new faces, particularly youth, while giving tickets, he said names of three contender from every constituency would be sent to the party high command. The list will include both old MLAs and new faces, he said.
On seat -sharing with alliance partner Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), when asked why could BJP not stake claim to more seats despite its claim of making over 23 lakhs members in state and also enhancing its rural base, Sampla said the party’s main target was to strike “hat trick” by winning next elections.