Regarding the BJP’s performance in the civic elections, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said the result was satisfactory “even under adverse circumstances”.
A Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson on Thursday blamed the party’s defeat in the mayoral election in Ambala for the year-end holiday and said committed BJP voters had come out because of the holiday. On the other hand, while talking to journalists. State Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said the BJP’s performance in the civic elections was “satisfactory despite adverse conditions”. Asked whether the BJP had failed to live up to expectations in the elections, Khattar said “the party has performed satisfactorily despite adverse conditions”.
Although he did not specify whether there were “adversities”, it was seen that his expression was towards the farmers’ protest against the new agricultural laws of the center. In Panchkula, Ambala and Sonpet on Sunday, the BJP won only the mayoral election in Panchkula, a major blow to the ruling BJP-JJP alliance in the state. The BJP won in Panchkula, the Congress and the Haryana Jan Chetna Party won in Sonipat and Ambala respectively. The Chief Minister also mentioned in the press conference the various projects implemented by his government for different sections of the Kovid epidemic.
Talking about the BJP’s defeat in the Ambala mayoral election, spokesperson Sanjay Sharma said that one of the reasons for this was that the party’s core voters were also taking vacations year after year, which led to low turnout. Ambala Municipal Corporation had a turnout of 56.33 per cent, up from 67.67 per cent in 2013. “We’ve seen less turnout since a lot of people went on holiday at the end of the year, starting on December 25.” Khattar, however, said the BJP had won 36 out of 36 wards, while the Congress had won only 19 wards.
“If we can win 336 wards and Congress has 19, then it is not an order,” Khattar said in response to Congress’ call for a no-confidence motion against the state government. So far there is no need to call a session of the Legislative Assembly, it will be held in its own time in February or March. Asked if the BJP would contest the panchayat election symbol in the new year, he said, “Normally, we have never contested the panchayat election with the party symbol, but we will decide after the election.” Regarding the performance of farmers, he said that the center is talking to farmers.
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