Today News Online Service
Bathinda, February 18
Facing backlash over the three farm laws, the BJP has failed in the Punjab local body polls even in its strong pockets in the hinterland of Malwa.
Farmer unions are quite active in the Malwa belt and are staging protests against the BJP-led Union Government at the Delhi border and in the state as well.
Most of these areas are dominated by urban Hindu community where BJP supporters have sizeable numbers but despite this, the party has failed to get any votes.
In Bathinda, the BJP has failed to open its account and even its vote share is drastically poor. In 2015, the BJP had won eight seats in alliance with the SAD and its two leaders, Tarsem Goyal and Gurinderpal Kaur Mangat, were Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor for the last 10 years in two consecutive terms. Goyal did not contest the polls this time while Mangat lost badly from ward number 1.
In Abohar where the BJP has its sitting MLA Arun Narang, who had defeated Congress giant Sunil Jakhar in the 2017 Assembly poll, failed to provide any respite to the party as out of 50 wards, the Congress won 49 and one was won by the SAD.
The BJP failed to win any seat from here.
In Fazilka, the BJP was in power in the MC here for the last two consecutive terms and this Assembly seat was also contested by BJP former minister Surjit Kumar Jyani, but still the BJP performed badly and was able to win only four seats of the total 25. Even BJP district president Rakesh Dhuria lost from here.
In Ferozepur where BJP leader and former CPS Sukhpal Singh Nannu had been contesting the Assembly poll for the last three terms and he even won in 2007, but this time the Congress has won in all 33 wards.
The BJP was able to win one seat in Moga, one in Muktsar and one in Jaito in Faridkot district.
BJP state media co-incharge Sunil Singla said, “I salute the party cadre who contested these polls bravely under the Congress ‘misrule’. On the name of farmers’ agitation, the Congress misguided farmers and staged protests outside the residences of BJP leaders in the state and even did not allow our candidates to campaign freely. To hide their poor working in the state, the Congress misused the state machinery to win these polls.”
The BJP leader said they would sit down and analyse the results and redesign their strategy for the Assembly polls.