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MLA report cards: Hari Singh Zira and Joginder Singh Jindu

Hindustan Times takes a look at Punjab MLAs and their performance:

punjab Updated: Nov 15, 2016 09:34 IST
Punajb Polls

Hari Singh Zira, 75, Shiromani Akali Dal

Hari Singh Zira (HT Photo)

Constituency: Zira

Education: Under matric

Assets declared in last polls: Rs 5.5 cr

Electoral record

2012: Defeated Naresh Kataria of Congress by a margin of 11,967 votes

2007: Lost to Naresh Kataria of Congress by 12,372 votes

Assembly record

Questions asked: 47

Call attention moved: 0

Power punch Being a veteran Akali, he connects well with chief minister

What next Likely to get the Akali Dal ticket again

How he performed

Credit goes to the MLA for improving the basic infrastructure, including laying pucca streets and installing solar lights in the town. He also claims to have got constructed 58-km roads in rural areas under the Prime Minister Gramin Sadak Yojana. He also got a sewerage treatment plant established at Makhu. But the residents rue that area remained deprived of a major industrial project that could have generated employment. Illegal sand mining in various parts of the segment too is a burning issue. No steps were taken to make functional the only sugar mill. As the government failed to repair two bridges at Keimwali and Jattawali on Rajasthan Feeder, villagers contributed from their own pockets to construct a iron bridge, which goes against him..

Voter speak

He is not shrewd like politicians generally are known for. Area saw some development, but remained deprived of any big project to generate employment..

Urvashi Chaudary, 24, student

His close aides are into illegal sand mining. The MLA shifted all main offices from the heart of town to an area adjoining to his land for obvious reasons. Sugar mill is lying defunct.

Gurbhej Singh, 27, transporter.

By the way

Known for his straight-forward outlook

Joginder Singh Jindu, 70, Shiromani Akali Dal

Joginder Singh Jindu (HT Photo)

Constituency: Ferozepur (Rural)

Education: Under matric

Assets declared in last polls: Rs 2.5 cr

Electoral record

2012: Defeated Congress’ greenhorn Satkar Kaur by 162 votes

2007: Did not contest; the constituency came up after delimitation

Assembly record

Questions asked: 47

Call attention moved: 0

Power punch He belongs to the extended Majithia clan

What next Likely to get the Akali Dal ticket again

How he performed

Even though he was a first-time MLA, he mingled well with all sections of society and tried his best to deliver to their satisfaction in this newly carved segment. He claimed to have ushered in an era of development in the area. He lists the maiden government degree college, a meritorious school, a multi-crore skill centre as his main achievements. He takes credit for pumping in `40 crore into infrastructure development. Sewerage was laid in semi-rural areas, including Talwandi Bhai, Mudki and Mamdot. During the recent rise in tension between India and Pakistan, he led from the front to help border natives to move to safer places. He gets support from his sons (both members of Cantonment Board) as they attend to people in his absence..

Voter speak

The MLA might be making tall claims of development works, but at the ground level, electorate failed to get any benefit as the works were not executed properly.

Harjinder Singh, 36, shopkeeper.

He fetched a number of projects for the rural areas and remained accessible round the clock to the public. He kept himself away from controversies and performed well.

Ravi Sharma, 33, farmer.

By the way

A former wrestler, he is health freak, but foodie.

Tomorrow: Ferozepur (urban), Guruharsahai, Jalalabad, Fazilka