The BJP’s state executive, led by Ashwani Kumar Sharma, passed a resolution today stating that Punjab had no surplus water to share. Monday marked the end of the party’s two-day meeting.
The party wanted to use the Congress stalwarts who joined the BJP, including former Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, former Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal and former ministers Gurpreet Singh Kangar, Rajkumar Verka, Sunder Sham Arora, Balbir Singh Sidhu, and Rana Gurmit Sodhi, as a dividend to consolidate its rural presence.
SAD is likely to be affected. When it was in alliance with SAD, the BJP used to contest from urban areas. Other resolutions passed included a drug-free Punjab, better law and order, and measures to boost the economy.
According to Ashwani Sharma, secessionist voices have become vociferous since Bhagwant Mann’s AAP government came to power. There was a deterioration in law and order.
The BJP has prepared ‘Mission-13’ to contest the Lok Sabha elections in Punjab in 2024. With the help of veteran Congress leaders now affiliated with the BJP, this work will begin soon.
Rajnath Singh and Amit Shah would visit each Assembly seat, he said, adding that rallies and mass contact programmes would be held for this purpose.