MLA report card: Bikram Singh Majithia and Baljit Singh Jalalusma
Hindustan Times takes a look at Punjab MLAs and their performance:punjab Updated: Oct 25, 2016 11:57 IST
Bikram Singh Majithia, 41, SAD
Assets declared in last polls: Rs 11.2 cr
2012: Defeated Sukhjinder Raj Singh ‘Lali’ Majithia (Ind) by 47,581 votes
2007: Defeated Lali Majithia (Cong) by a margin of 23,008 votes
Assembly record Revenue minister
Power punch Part of Badal’s larger clan, considered a key figure in SAD
What next His ticket is a foregone conclusion due to family ties
How he performed
Due to his powerful connections, there was no dearth of funds for his constituency. He got a number of projects, including two new bus stands and nine new power stations. He also gets credit for starting the four-laning of the Majitha-Amritsar road. Being minister for renewable energy too, Majithia introduced solar street-lighting in Majitha and around a dozen villages. He was instrumental in getting the state cabinet to give Majitha sub-division status. The SDM’s complex is soon to be inaugurated. However, opponents and detractors accuse him of high handedness and also getting political opponents framed in false cases. Also got flak at the state level, faced allegations in major cases.
By the way Loves bikes and cars, adventure sports
“The constituency has seen a lot of development. Credit goes to the MLA, who has been active and instrumental in bringing funds. He got a number of projects,” Deepak Kumar, 37, commission agent, said.
“Not only has our MLA got basic development done but he is also a regular visitor during times of joy and sorrow for the people in his constituency,” Shiv Raj Singh, 47, farmer, said.
Baljit Singh Jalalusma, 42, SAD
Constituency: Jandiala (SC-Reserved)
Education: Class 10
Assets declared in last polls: Rs 49 lakh
2012: Defeated Cong’s Sardul Singh Bandala by a margin of 7,290 votes
2007: He did not contest; seat was won by SAD’s Malkiat Singh
Questions asked: 23
Call attention moved: 0
Power punch First-time MLA close to Bikram Majithia; is SGPC member
What next Due to proximity with top leaders, expected to be re-nominated
How he performed
The MLA maintained constant touch with the electorate and was easily available. A newcomer, he kept focus on re-laying of link roads as the roads of Jandiala were in a depleted shape. In Jandiala town, the MLA improved the roads as well, and got the Jandiala-Tarn Taran bypass repaired. Since the railway overbridge at Gehri is a long-pending demand, he along with Akali MP Ranjit Singh Brahmpura made efforts but that is awaiting clearance so far. The MLA also got a civil hospital built at Mehta and a stadium at Butter Bahrdeo. He got Jandiala upgraded to sub-tehsil level too. During his tenure, he did not court any major controversy and maintained a low profile.
By the way is a regular at religious functions
“I am not satisfied with the performance of the MLA. As he is also SGPC member, his time gets divided. Many promises, such as housing for the poor, are still unkept,” Ravinder S Gill, 52, ex-serviceman, said.
“I am partly satisfied. Roads have improved but in Jandiala we face a lot of hassles in government offices. The MLA must ensure that residents don’t feel harassed,” Pardeep Kumar, 50, pharmacist, said.
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First Published: Oct 25, 2016 11:26 IST