HindustanTimes Sun,28 Dec 2014

AAP and Congress, all in the family

Arjun Sharma, Hindustan Times  Jagraon, April 30, 2014
First Published: 20:06 IST(30/4/2014) | Last Updated: 20:09 IST(30/4/2014)

As the vehicle moves deep into the narrow lanes of Ramgarh village in Jagraon, booths of the Aam Aadmi Party and Congress party appear at a village intersection. The ideologies of both the parties may be different but there was a strong connection between these booths.


Both the booths were being managed by two brothers - Sunder Singh (51) and Harminder Singh (60). Residents of Ramgarh village, they were attending to the voters, telling them the position of the candidate of their choice on the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM).

Sunder is a Congress supporter, while Harminder has faith in AAP.

Interestingly, their father Major Dayal Singh (retired) was earlier a supporter of independent candidate Simarjit Singh Bains. He, however, lately shifted his loyalty to Ravneet Singh Bittu f the Congress.

Sunder and Harminder are divided only in ideologies. A tpersonal level, they are with each other in the life's thick and thin.

"Everyone has his or her political orientation. It is a matter of perception and we should not take these things personally," said Sunder.

Sunder explains as how SAD lost the rapport in villages not only of Jagraon constituency but in entire state. "SAD leaders after winning the state assembly elections for the second consecutive time in year 2012 forgot to come to the people. They stopped interacting with the people and that was the time when they lost credibility," said Sunder.

On the other hand, Harminder says that AAP wave has swept through the rural belts of Ludhiana only because they have a personal rapport with everyone from poor to middle class. "Arvind Kejriwal (former Delhi CM) is a person of compassion. Congress and Akalis have done nothing for rural areas of Ludhiana. AAP gives equality to all," said Harminder.

At Cheemna village near Ramgarh, all members of Youth Sabha that was being supported by SAD earlier, joined AAP. The members had installed an AAP booth in the village.

Narinder Singh, a resident of Cheemna, says that due to drugs in rural areas of Ludhiana, several youths have lost their lives in the past. "The disgruntled youth this time decided to vote for change as the present regime has not been able to address the problems," said Singh.

Residents in rural areas also say that theft and loot incidents in these areas have increased drastically during the past sometime. "It is due to the fact that poppy has been replaced by smack and heroin. Youth need money to get these costly drugs and as a result indulge in crimes.

SAD has not been able to stop drug menace in the state," said Parminder Singh, another resident of Cheemna.


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