BJP leaders also claim that the circulation of a CD purportedly showing party candidate Swaran Singh Salaria with a woman changed the political discourse for which the party had to pay a heavy price, losing the bypoll by a margin of nearly 2 lakh votes against Congress’ nominee Sunil Jakhar. Even the rape allegations against SAD leader Sucha Singh Langah played spoilsport for the BJP nominee.
However, AAP candidate Suresh Khajuria’s poor performance proved equally disastrous for the BJP nominee, helping the Congress candidate in a seemingly bi-polar contest. Khajuria polled merely 23,579 votes and lost his deposit unlike the AAP candidate in 2014 general elections when Suchcha Singh Chotepur had bagged 1.80 lakh votes despite finishing third.
“We don’t see the mandate as vote for the performance of the Central government. Rather, Gurdaspur bypoll was mired with controversies, which cost us dearly,” said a senior BJP leader, who had toured the state extensively recently. Party leaders claim that even strong resentment against SAD leaders went against the BJP candidate.
Source : timesofindia