Anandpur Sahib: SAD-BJP against independents, Congress battling some dissent

  • Bahadurjeet Singh, Hindustan Times, Anandpur Sahib
  • Updated: Feb 21, 2015 14:05 IST

For the 13-member municipal council to manage the local affairs of this historic town, the elections are between the SAD-BJP alliance and the independents, mostly Congress leaders, as the party is not contesting on a party symbol.

The SAD-BJP alliance has already opened its account in the birthplace of the Khalsa as BJP candidate from ward number 5, Inderjit Kaushal, has been elected unopposed.

The alliance is contesting on all 13 seats, with elections now slated at 12 seats.

In the previous elections, the SAD-BJP alliance had managed to control the council and this time, the alliance managers seem confident of repeating the victorious show.

Interestingly, in some wards a number of Congressmen are contesting against each other.

Local MLA and Punjab industries minister Madan Mohan Mittal is taking keen interest in the elections and has deputed his son Arvind Mittal for canvassing in the favour of alliance candidates.

The holy city seems to have been lucky as far as grants of funds is concerned. Due to its historical and religious importance, the state and central governments have tended to provide grants in crores for development, on various occasions.

In 2008, the Centre provided `105 crore for the development of the town for major development works, including the construction of the bus stand, the Adarsh School building, ITI, sewerage treatment plant and installation of interlocking tiles in streets.

Former Congress MLA Rana KP Singh has sought to make the central grant an issue in the elections by alleging that the grant had been mis-utilised.

Like various others municipal councils in the state, the Anandpur Sahib municipal council also faces a problem of resources. It does not have a major source of income and remains dependent on government grants.

Poor condition of roads
The condition of various roads in and around Anandpur Sahib is pathetic and a cause of accidents. In view of the Hola Mohalla celebrations in the town to be held in the first week of March, the deputy commissioner had directed the department concerned to repair all the roads. However, the order is yet to be carried out due to the paucity of funds.

Old sewerage system
The pipelines to carry the town’s sewage were laid in the town way back in 1978. However, with the increasing population, the flow has increased and the pipes remain blocked, leading to the problem of overflowing sewage and a stinking town.

Poor sanitary conditions
The sanitary conditions in the town are also not satisfactory with garbage seen littered at various places, particularly, along the railway track on the Anandpur Sahib-Nangal road. The municipal council also does not have sufficient number of safai karamcharis.

Traffic and parking problems
The traffic problem has assumed serious proportions in the town. Since the streets and markets of the main town, which is situated on a hill, are narrow, it becomes difficult to ply vehicles and thus traffic jams are a routine affair. With no proper parking site in the town, motorists park their vehicles haphazardly in the lower areas of the town, leading to traffic jams particularly at the Bhagat Ravidass Chowk and the Tehsil Road.

Number of seats: 13

Total number of registered voters: 11,974
Male voters: 6,171
Female voters: 5,803
Wards reserved for SC candidates 2
Wards reserved for BC candidates 1
Wards reserved for SC women candidates 2

Line up
SAD contesting on 8 wards
BJP contesting on 5 wards
(One BJP candidate elected unopposed)

Last year’s results
Total wards 13
SAD won on six wards, Congress on three and BJP claimed just one, while independents won on three seats.


Rs 1.54 crore Expenditure on development works
Rs 1.12 crore Expenditure on salaries

Major Issues
Poor sanitary conditions
Traffic and parking problems
Misutilisation of central grant

Citizens’ wishlist

be educated and aware of their duties. They should devote time for the development of the city. Professor Baljeet Singh, educationist.

The councillors should work for improving sanitary conditions and work honestly for the development in the town. Dr Palwinderjit Singh Kang, surgeon.

The councillors must ensure that the homeless get shelter. Quality checks on development work are a must. Gurcharan Kaur, president, Istri Satsang Sabha.

should be in the best interests of people. Councillors must have their ear to the ground. Gopal Krishan Vaid, chief, Sanatan Dharam Sabha.

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