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Both BJP, Cong fare badly on development front

punjab Updated: Mar 12, 2014 22:45 IST
Vinay Dhingra

Both the BJP, the ruling coalition partner in the state, and the opposition Congress fare badly as far as the development of the Gurdapur Lok Sabha seat is concerned.

The constituency has elected high profile candidates from both the parties, like Partap Singh Bajwa (Congress) and Vinod Khanna (BJP) in different parliamentary elections but the local MPs have invariably failed to do much for the development of this border seat, comprising the two districts of Pathankot and Gurdaspur.

Now, as they go to the electorate to ask for their vote and support, the candidates of both the BJP and the Congress will have to answer some tough questions of the electorate.

Pathankot, which was earlier part of the Gurdaspur district, became a separate district in 2012 but it still remains a part of the Gurdaspur parliamentary constituency.

The seat is currently represented by Partap Singh Bajwa who has been primarily preoccupied in battling the infighting in his party ever since he became the president of the state unit about a year ago.

On the other hand, the assembly segments of Pathankot and Gurdaspur are represented by BJP MLAs Ashwani Sharma and G S Babbehali respectively, who would also be made accountable for the lack of development in the area. In the third assembly segment of Dinanagar, Aruna Chaudhary is the sitting Congress MLA.

While Pathankot has seen little development and no big project, Gurdaspur has witnessed a further decline due to the remarkable revenue loss after the bifurcation of the district when Pathankot was made a separate district.

Bajwa, who has been passing the buck to the state chief minister Parkash Singh Badal for every bad happening in these districts, may find himself in a tight spot when he goes to the electorate to ask for their votes for him and his party.

The Congress MP has accused the CM of creating hurdles in every project, including setting up of a central university in the area.

"But Bajwa will have to tell the people which big project has he brought to the Gurdaspur constituency during his five-year term as MP," said Rajesh Kumar of Pathankot.

"We will also ask the BJP candidate as to why Pathankot could not witness any development for the past several years," he said and added that broken roads, blocked sewage and heaps of garbage dumps lying at every nook and corner puts the voter in a quandary while making a choice among the various candidates.

Chand Arora, a resident of Dinanagar assembly segment in Gurdaspur district, said that it seems the local voters committed a blunder by electing Congress MLA Aruna Chaudhary. "Dinanagar town lacks basic civic amenities and has virtually no walkable road. I am going to confront various candidates if they come to me to seek my vote this time around," he said.