Though they had pinned great hopes on finance minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa whom they had elected as their representative in the last assembly elections, most of their demands remained unfulfilled, and thus, people of this historic town have a long list of demands from the contenders contesting in the municipal committee elections.
As many as 112 candidates are in fray for 23 seats in the Sunam municipal committee, but the main contest is between the SAD-BJP combine and the Congress. The SAD is contesting on 14 seats, but only three candidates are contesting on the party symbol, whereas the ruling party is backing Independents on 11 seats. However, the BJP has fielded candidates on all nine seats.
The Congress, on the other hand, is being occupied by internal bickering involving loyalists of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president chief Partap Singh Bajwa group and former chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh.
During the 2008 elections, there were 19 wards and the Congress had won only one, while the BJP emerged victorious in four. Except one, the remaining SAD candidates had contested as Independents and most of them emerged victorious. The ruling SAD captured the post of president.
However, the home town of Shaheed Udham Singh has now become a battle ground for political aspirants, as the municipal committee elections are considered as a semi-final to the assembly polls.
Though the Congress is leaving no stone unturned, the prestige of sitting SAD MLA Parminder Dhindsa is at the stake, as the SAD could not score well in this assembly segment during the last Lok Sabha elections. In the last LS polls elections, people voted for the Aam Aadmi Party candidate.
Being the ruling party, the SAD has a big advantage. In addition, most of its candidates are contesting as Independents and after their victory they can shift their loyalty to the SAD.
The youth are demanding more colleges at Sunam, as the town has only one college with limited courses.
Even as finance minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa is Sunam MLA since 2000, the municipal authorities have been grappling with fund crunch to execute development works. This town of Shaheed Udham Singh is special, but it doesn’t have a memorial of the great martyr. An announcement was made by chief minister Parkash Singh Badal during a function to mark the martyrdom day of Shaheed Udham Singh on July 31, 2010, but in vain.
Poor supply of drinking water, chocked sewerage, heaps of garbage, stray cattle, etc, are enough to prove that the town lacks development. Also, there is a shortage of staff and latest facilities at the local hospital.
The condition of roads is very poor and municipal officials blame it on the lack of funds. Narrow streets in the middle of the town turns into canals during rains, causing traffic jams and inconvenience to people and shopkeepers.
Poor supply of clean drinking water
Upgradation of bus-stand
There is no fire station in Sunam, and this is long pending demand of people, as we face big challenge whenever a fire breaks out in the city, and fire engines come from Sangrur, which takes more time, Manpreet Bansal, A businessmen from Sunam.
Though, Sunam needs a lot, but I think the local bus stand is in a state of neglect, this should be renovated and steps should be taken to deal with the traffic jams, which has become a big problem for the residents of Sunam,,, Jatinder Jain,,Social worker from Sunam.
More steps are required to improve the higher education for the students of the town, though, there are two government senior secondary schools, nine government primary schools and three private aided schools. But 40-year-old Shaheed Udham Singh Government College has been facing an acute shortage of regular lecturers, also the strength of students is more than 3000, more colleges should be opened,,,,,Pankaj Dogra,, RTI Activist.
Sewerage is a big problem in Sunam, also municipal council does not have enough sanitation workers to keep this historic town clean. Though, there are about several open garbage dumping spots and homes of wandering animals, a lot is need to be done to keep the our town clean…,,,,,,,,Sandeep Kaur,,housewife.
NUMBER OF SEATS--23
Total number of registered voters...47043
Male voters: 24,680
Female voters: 22363
Wards reserved for SC candidates 7
For Women 6
SAD-BJP had decided to contest all 23 seats, BJP got only 9 seats in the seat sharing. though, BJP contesting on all 9 seats on party symbol, but the SAD has fielded only3 candidates on party symbol.
BUDGET: Rs 11.54 crore
Expenditure: establishment Rs 7.10 crore
Development projects: Rs 4.09 crore
Income from property tax Rs 1,40 crore
VAT share 5.70 crore