With the promise to turn Patti assembly constituency into a 'model of development', food and civil supplies minister Adesh Partap Singh Kairon is moving from village-to-village, canvassing for the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) candidates in the zila parishad and block samiti elections slated for May 19.
Kairon, who had been representing Patti in the state assembly since 1997, on Tuesday undertook a tour of over a dozen villages, along with SAD candidates. He addressed small rallies at Harike, Burj Raikot, Burj Phoola, Gurj Dera Singh, Alipur, Ko, Jindawal, Sheron and several other villages.
He solicits votes on the development agenda and talks about the numerous developmental projects that he has initiated ever since first becoming the MLA in 1997. At every village he lists out the projects undertaken in that particular area.
"A lot has been done but still a lot needs to be done. Development is a never ending cycle and demands of the people keep cropping up,” he says, as he asks the people to judge for themselves his 'achievements'.
He talks of village link roads, bridges, water supply and sewerage, dharamshalas and then moves onto make references to the 'atta daal' scheme, of which he himself is the architect. During the meetings, he also listens to personal grievances.
Listing unemployment as a major problem in his area, Kairon says that he is in consultation with the chief minister for sanctioning some special projects for the border areas so that youngsters get employment. He also lists drug addiction as another problem and asks the people for their support to check this and at the same time warns that he will not help anyone caught taking or selling drugs.
Among the projects he highlights in his speeches is the bridge over the Sutlej river at Buddha Thee village, the foundation stone for which was laid by the chief minister in December 2011. This bridge will shorten the distance between Patti and Ferozepur by several kms.
The son-in-law of the chief minister also makes mention of the hassle-free sale of the wheat crop by the farmers in the 'mandis' of the area. During his speeches, he also makes a mention of his grandfather, the late Partap Singh Kairon, a former chief minister credited with laying the foundations of development of Punjab.
While canvassing, Kairon makes no mention of the murder of Youth Congress leader and candidate for the samiti polls, Sukhraj Singh. Congress leaders had accused Kairon of defending the accused who had committed the crime on May 8. However, the minister had clarified that he had asked the police to arrest all the accused and take action against them as per the law.