Key factors at play

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Gurdaspur
  • Updated: Apr 26, 2014 14:55 IST

Development: The major issue this elections is the overall development of the area as the constituency lacks proper roads, particularly connecting to villages, and in border regions.

Sand mining: Sand mining along the Ravi river, which has destroyed the ecology of the area, is another major issue. 'Goonda tax' collected allegedly by 'musclemen' of Akali leaders has led to this commodity selling at higher rates.

Drugs: Drug addiction, like in other parts os Punjab, has gradually been on the rise in the area.

Industry and employment: There is no employment-oriented industry in the region. The revival of the Batala industry is also likely to become a poll issue.

Agriculture sector: Frequent power cuts and failure of the state government to provide the announced 8-hour power supply to tubewells is one of the major issues especially among the farmers.

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