A survey was conducted by the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) ahead of the 2017 assembly polls in a bid to feel the pulse of the voters in all the 117 assembly constituencies.
Under the survey, it has been learnt, the feedback of voters was sought on burning issues like drugs, sharing of river waters and corruption. Besides these, a feedback was also sought on issues such as price rise, drinking water, power, communal tension,unemployment, health services, local police issues, land and revenue issues, power and agriculture. The survey also focused about the performance of the ruling MLAs besides gathering information about cadres of SAD, BJP, Congress and AAP shifting their loyalties.
On Monday, BJP leaders from about 20 constituencies, which included sitting legislators were in for a surprise when they were handed over the survey reports of their respective constituencies.
According to a BJP leader, the reports were handed over to them in the presence of an official in the Chief Ministers’ Office and a BJP leader. The BJP leaders later went to meet deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal and Punjab BJP chief Vijay Sampla in which their feedback was sought on various issues in their consituencies.
The survey, which according to an Akali leader was outsourced to volunteers from Delhi, was conducted between March 10 and 30. In each constituency, 25 booths were randomly selected and people were approached to get their feedback on an array of parameters. The survey also outlines castes matrix in a particular constituency.
BJP chief parliamentary secretary Navjot Kaur Sidhu, cabinet ministers Anil Joshi and Surjit Jyani were among those who were not present when the survey reports were handed over to the BJP leaders.
As per a survey report, the issue of drugs topped the list, followed by corruption. Interestingly, the issue of sharing of river waters did not seem to effect the voters much.
“I do not go by such surveys. How can someone from Delhi feel the pulse of Punjab. Such kind of exercises never translate into reality. We have even seen a number of exit polls going wrong. As far as sharing of river water is concerned, it is a big issue with which one in Punjab is related and they are strongly against sharing of river waters,” said SAD spokesperson and education minister Daljit Singh Cheema.