A show of strength by the Shiromani Akali Dal has set stage for a tough fight here between Harinderpal Singh Chandumajra, son of MP Prem Singh Chandumajra, and Lal Singh of Congress. Both the Akali MP and Lal Singh are otherwise considered ‘political friends’.
The panthic party has failed to snatch the seat during the past three elections from the Congress stalwart Lal Singh. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has declared Kuldeep Kaur Tohra as candidate. Her husband Harmel Singh Tohra had last defeated Lal Singh in 1997.
In his maiden rally here after the announcement of tickets, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal gave fillip to the campaign of party candidate Harinderpal by announcing sub-tehsil status for Sanaur with the sub-division status for Dudhan Sadha. These were long- pending demands of the local residents, who have to travel almost 40 kms to reach Patiala for their routine works.
Sukhbir laid foundation stones of the development projects worth Rs 25 crore regarding strengthening of the Patiala-Guhla Cheeka road, lining of Kauli and Rajpura distributaries, besides building of a retaining wall (check dam) at Mehmoodpur and Hadhana villages for bringing up the groundwater level to ensure better irrigational use of the Ghaggar waters.
He also claimed that the SAD had undertaken such development works during the past three months, which the Congress’ Lal Singh has failed to do in the past 38 years of political career and six terms as MLA and minister. “It’s just the beginning. Elect the SAD candidate as MLA, we will make Sanaur a model constituency,” he said, promising free gas connection to BPL families before elections.
He also said that PPCC president Captain Amarinder Singh never cared to venture out of his royal palace to know the condition of the people of the Sanaur region, then how can he be expected to devote time to the entire state?
He also attacked local MLA and former finance minister Lal Singh and dubbed him as a ‘failed finance minister”, who imposed electricity bill on farmers and stopped social sector pensions. “Lal Singh even can’t do patch work, what type of development do uyou expect from him?,” he questioned. Sukhbir announced to spend Rs 35,000 crore in villages to provide cemented lanes, streetlights, and sewerage like in cities, in the next five years.