Hoshiarpur: Key factors
Here's a look at the key factors at play from this constituencypunjab Updated: Apr 28, 2014 16:10 IST
Lack of infrastructure is a major issue. Semi- hilly region known as 'kandi, faces shortage of drinking water, health, education, transport and other infrastructural facilities. Government staff avoids postings in this region owing to poor connectivity. Stray cattle menace is another big issue.
Poor rail and road connectivity has been a main cause of backwardness of the region. Almost six decades after Independence train between Hoshiarpur and Delhi was slatted, and that too weekly. Except for Phagwara, where a few trains halt, other parts of the constituency have no direct rail link with the national capital.
Unemployment remains the biggest issue. The constituency has not seen much industrial growth. Pre-poll Promises made by candidates in this regard have remained unfulfilled. Since all candidates belong to the Scheduled Castes (SC), upper-caste votes would influence the poll outcome. While Dalit voters tend to tilt towards the Congress and the BSP, upper castes have traditionally remained alienated from BSP. The AAP's performance will dent the vote bank of all major parties. The extent, however, is difficult to predict.