Consecutive winner of municipal polls for 15 years, a veteran woman Shiromani Akali Dal leader has entered the fray along with her son on party symbol in the Nawanshahr municipal council elections this time.
Vice-president of SAD’s women wing, Jinderjit Kaur (62), who has won from her ward for three terms in a row, has fielded her son Param Singh Khalsa (42).
Kaur herself is contesting from ward 7 of the city. Khalsa had successfully contested the municipal elections as an independent in 2008 when he won from ward 6 by 150 votes beating the SAD and Congress candidates.
Kaur’s elder son Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa (44) is a member of the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC) from Nawanshahr.
Param Khalsa, who is contesting from ward 4, said his mother has been a loyal worker of the party for two decades and she contested her first municipal election in 1998.
“My mother has been serving the people of the city and this time the party also showed faith in me. People will support me,” Khalsa said.
He said the city is in a dire need of development since the municipal committee, which was headed by Congress president in last two terms, has failed to bring any positive results.
He said even as the ruling SAD-BJP government had sanctioned crores of rupees for the city development was nowhere visible.
“As I am fighting elections for the first time on the SAD symbol, I will try to carry development works in many areas besides Kulam, Barnala and Mahalo villages that were added in the council limits,” he added.
Jinderjit Kaur said no development works were initiated by Congress-led council in the city. The SAD is fighting elections on development issue this time, she added.
Kaur said she was happy over the SAD’s decision to give her son ticket as he would serve party and people as she did.
The Nawanshahr municipal council has 19 wards this time. During the 2009 municipal elections, the Congress had won 11 seats, SAD four while BJP secured only two seats.