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35-year old NRI gets elected as Sarpanch for third term

punjab Updated: Jul 09, 2013 23:18 IST
Sanjeev Bhalla

It was the development undertaken by him in the last 15 years which led to the election of 35-year old NRI for the post of Sarpanch of Wadala village for third consecutive time.

He beat Akali Dal supported candidate in the native village of Nakodar MLA, Gurpartap Singh Wadala.Kamaldeep Kailey also got the privilege to be the youngest sarpanch of the state when he was elected in 2003 at the age of 24.5 years for the first time by beating dalit heavyweight of the area Harbhajan Lakha.

In 2008, when Sarpanch was elected by panches, he got selected and in the 2013 elections, he again beat Lakha with over 120 votes.“People of my village had recognised my efforts. For the last 15 years, I have started so many projects in the village with the active support of people. Laying of Sewerage, Construction of roads, upgrading of the school building, construction of community hall, construction of well-approached funeral ground are some of the facilities created in the village during my previous two tenures,” he said.“In the coming tenure, I would try to install water tank in the village on priority to ensure fresh water supply to each and every home.

Under MGNREGA, we have brought works for nearly 27.5 lakhs for the village youth,” he added.Kailey, basically have patronage by Congress Party but for panchayat elections, he claimed, he never used his party status to seek votes. “It is the works for which people of my village had selected me,” he added.Speaking to HT about his personal life, he said, “Whole of my family is settled in Canada but I prefer to stay here due to trust shown on me by the people.

Youth of my village have also whole heartedly supported me. My wife, Navdeep Kaur, who is also in Canada, had been my strength so far and I would try to involve her also in village affairs.”