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PUNJAB-No plan yet to swap BJP, SAD Lok Sabha seats: Abhimanyu

January 18, 2019 05:53 AM


No plan yet to swap BJP, SAD Lok Sabha seats: Abhimanyu
Dodges SYL, Chandigarh Questions


Punjab BJP’s Lok Sabha election in charge Captain Abhimanyu said on Thursday that till date there was no proposal to swap Amritsar and Ludhiana parliamentary seats with the BJP’s ally SAD.

Addressing mediapersons, the Haryana minister ducked most of the questions related to the inter-state controversial issues. When asked about his stand on Satluj Yamuna Link (SYL), he replied, “Here, there is no question of my personal stand. Whatever is to be done, it should be in the national interest.”

To a question whether Punjab should get Chandigarh or not, he replied that stands of both the states were clear. Punjab BJP president and Rajya Sabha MP Shwait Malik was also present during the interaction.

Questioned whether the BJP workers in Punjab feel that the BJP should fight the Lok Sabha elections on its own because the SAD was struggling for its existence, Abhimanyu said that he did not agree that there was any such problem. On being a minister in Haryana government, which has contrary stand to Punjab on various issues, the BJP leader said that he had been in Punjab earlier and he enjoyed enough credibility within party to get support for the Lok Sabha campaign.

Replying to a query on how the BJP would face voters after questions had been raised on the sacrilege cases during the SAD-BJP regim, Abhimanyu started listing the Union governments achievements in Punjab, including the Kartarpur corridor and opening of AIIMS in Bathinda. He also took the credit credit for his party for Congress leader Sajjan Kumar’s conviction in the 1984 anti-Sikh riot cases.

Abhimanyu said earlier in 2009, when he got the responsibility of BJP election co-incharge in Punjab, there were 19 BJP MLAs in Punjab. In 2009 Lok Sabha polls, BJP led on two seats. In 2012, Punjab assembly elections BJP won 12 seats.

He said that there was strong anti-Congress undercurrent in Punjab because the government had not fulfilled its promises

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