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Its rural reach expanding,BJP says SAD happy to ally

The BJP is contesting on 35 zila parishads and 130 block samities this time.

Written by Express News Service | Updated: April 14, 2014 2:56:15 pm

Jalandhar: BJP state president Kamal Sharma on Wednesday said by contesting the May 19 polls of block samities and zila parishads on a seat-sharing basis with it,alliance partner Shiromani Akali dal (SAD) has accepted the rural base of the BJP in Punjab. The BJP is contesting on 35 zila parishads and 130 block samities this time.

He said the BJP is no more limited to urban areas and has gained rural base in the state.

According to Sharma,the party has already registered victory unopposed in 14 of the total 330 block samities.

In the last rural polls,the SAD had not allowed the BJP to contest in as many seats as the latter had demanded,thereby leading to bad relations between the two alliance partners. The BJP workers had gone into a rampage and damaged the Orbit buses,owned by SAD chief and Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s family.

On the issue of BJP MP from Amritsar,Navjot Singh Sidhu,being sidelined by the party’s state leadership as alleged by his wife Navjot Kaur,Sharma said he has spoken to the MP. “Sidhu is busy due to his professional commitment and will meet BJP national president Rajnath Singh after he wraps up his work.

From BSP to Cong,Goraya now joins BJP

MP Singh Goraya,who had joined Congress ahead of the 2012 Assembly elections,on Wednesday joined the BJP. Goraya was earlier with the BSP.

Justifying his decision to quit the Congress,Goraya said he was “forced” to join the Congress earlier because his photos got clicked with Congress leaders at an event. He said that he liked the ideology of the BJP.

‘Badals only promise,deliver zero’

Mohali: Punjab Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa on Wednesday urged people not to get “lured by SAD-BJP’s false promises”.

Campaigning for the upcoming rural polls,Bajwa said Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir suffer from “people-pleasing syndrome” — a disease,he said,forces a person to use appeasement to defend against public anger.

Bajwa said promises made by Badals lack moral and social commitment. “In 2007,they promised to make Punjab power surplus in three years. Six years have passed and there is no end to power cuts. They are talking of selling surplus power through power trading corporation,which is a big joke.”

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