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Party workers give thumbs up to Sampla weekly meeting, Joshi and Mittal ‘reach late’

Sampla said, “I have been approached mostly by members of teachers union, employees of various departments and common people too who have come here to share their personal and social problems that they feel needs to be addressed.

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Punjab BJP President Vijay Sampla meet party workers at state BJP office in Chandigarh Wednesday. Jasbir Malhi

Even as BJP workers gave a good response to their new party president Vijay Sampla’s call to meet senior leaders, two of the four ministers who were supposed to attend the special meeting showed a distinct lack of zeal and arrived at the fag end of the programme.

Sampla along with other senior members of the party including the state-inchargePrabhat Jha had decided that all the four ministers including himself would be present to hear the problems of party workers once a week beginning Wednesday.

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While Sampla along with Forest Minister Chunni Lal Bhagat and Health Minister Surjit Kumar Jiyani reached on time and started interacting with the nearly 2000 cadres, Local Bodies Minister Anil Joshi and Industries Minister Madan Mohan Mittal appeared at the programme with only half an hour remaining. Stating the reasons for their delay, Joshi said that he was attending a function in Khanna while Mittal claimed that he got caught up as he had to meet some people at his residence.

While the two ministers have have given a lukewarm response to Sampla’s call, the average party worker was quite enthused to meet the senior leadership for their problems. A large number of BJP office bearers were appointed to issue slips to the visitors who then proceeded to meet the ministers. From issues related to transfers to seeking solutions on FIRs filed against party workers to issuing arms licences and problems related to government departments, Sampla and co gave a patient hearing to each of the grievences.

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Speaking to The Indian Express, Sampla said, “I have been approached mostly by members of teachers union, employees of various departments and common people too who have come here to share their personal and social problems that they feel needs to be addressed. While I cannot directly solve their problems, I can only see to that their voice reach the appropriate forum so that action is taken.”