MLA report card: Ajit Singh Kohar and Avinash Chander
Hindustan Times takes a look at Punjab MLAs and their performance:punjab Updated: Oct 29, 2016 14:10 IST
Ajit Singh Kohar, 76, SAD
Assets declared in last polls: Rs 2.2 cr
2012: Defeated Cong’s CD Kamboj by a margin of 5,435 votes
2007: Defeated CD Kamboj from Lohian; segment was renamed later
Assembly record Minister for transport
Power punch SAD’s seniormost leader from Doaba region
What next To get ticket again as he faces no strong rival within party here
How he performed
He works in the traditional style wherein work of partymen comes first and development later. His opponents within the SAD and in the opposition say he uses police as a tool. He failed on the education and health fronts. Shahkot, which was accorded sub-division status 18 years ago, does not even have a government high school! A bridge over Sutlej at Giddarpindi is his big achievement. Shahkot town has no civil hospital though almost every sub-divisional headquarters in Punjab has one. It only has a community health centre. The MLA counts provision of sewerage in Shahkot and Mehatpur as his work. Civic amenities in the area are in a bad shape, and the sand mafia and property mafia operate with impunity.
By the way Wakes up at 5am, ready for public meets by 5.30
“Though he had spent crores, he could not do as much was possible given how senior he is. But his connect with the people is exceptionally good,” Jaswinder Kaur, 35, housewife, said.
“The MLA failed to do much for the youth as he didn’t generate jobs or provide better sports facilities. He attends every social function, but is a failure at improving education,” Sukhpreet Singh, 22, student, said.
Avinash Chander, 47, SAD
Assets declared in last polls: Rs 3.6 cr
2012: Defeated Cong’s Chaudhary Santokh Singh by a margin of 31 votes
2007: Won from Kartarpur; SAD’s Sarwan Singh Phillaur won here
Questions asked: 0
Call attention moved: 0
Power punch Comes from key Dalit family; has strong connect with deras
What next Unlikely to get ticket here; may be shifted to another seat
How he performed
Avinash Chander’s second tenure as legislator remained embroiled in controversy over his repeated summoning by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the Bhola drug case. Not just to him, the ED even issued summons to his wife Santosh Kler and brother Steven Kler. However, despite much pressure on the Badals to remove him as a CPS, he continued on the post until the very post was struck down by court. Later the SAD appointed Baldev Khaira, who joined from the BSP, as halqa in-charge, signalling that he may not get the ticket. On development front, though, Chander got the first degree college for Phillaur. An ITI and a driving school were set up too. Other works include toilets, and sewerage in Goraya and Phillaur.
By the way Claims nobody can cook mutton like he does
“He failed to do much for the area but remained in the headlines, for negative reasons. He was not easily approachable and failed to check corruption,” Ajay Taak, 31, shopkeeper, said.
“Sewerage is very poor in the towns. He didn’t do much to uplift the education and sports facilities. He was a CPS too, but the standard of education in government schools remains low,” Sangeeta Mehra, 35, said. housewife
Tomorrow: Kartarpur, Jalandhar-West, North and Central