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Home / Punjab / MLA report card: Gurtej Singh Ghuriana and Vaninder Kaur Loomba

MLA report card: Gurtej Singh Ghuriana and Vaninder Kaur Loomba

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

punjab Updated: Nov 21, 2016 09:31 IST

Gurtej Singh Ghuriana,57,Shiromani Akali Dal

Gurtej Singh Ghuriana (HT Photo)

Constituency: Balluana (SC)

Education: Law graduate

Assets declared in last polls: Rs 13 lakh

Electoral record

2012: Defeated Giri Raj Rajora of Congress by 8,227 votes

2007: Defeated Parkash Singh Bhatti of Congress by 14,634 votes

Assembly record

Questions asked: 8

Call attention moved: 0

Power punch An educated Dalit face from a rural, reserved segment

What next Denied ticket by SAD this time

How he performed

Ghuriana initiated projects on waterworks and water-purification plants. A quiet worker, he remained dependent on chief minister Parkash Singh Badal’s sangat darshan programmes in his constituency, for the CM’s Lambi assembly segment is next to Balluana. The local administration has been at his disposal for his proximity with the chief minister. The link roads, however remained a matter of concern, mainly for the Congress-dominated villages. The work under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) also remained neglected, as many beneficiaries hold blank job cards in the area. He also faced allegations of political victimisation. The party has replaced him with Parkash Singh Bhatti, who was earlier in the Congress and his arch rival.

Voter speak

Development took place selectively, in Akali-dominated villages. Otherwise, the MLA is a soft-spoken man who does not confront rivals on a personal level.

Krishan Neol, 28, farmer

Ours is the most neglected constituency. Our MLA kept such a low profile that he has not even propogated ongoing schemes. Some work on drainage and roads was done.

Kewal Singh, 43, farmer

By the way

Stays in nearby town Malout, where he practises law

Vaninder Kaur Loomba, 48, Shiromani Akali Dal

Vaninder Kaur Loomba (HT Photo)

Constituency: Shutrana (SC)

Education: Post-graduate

Assets declared in last polls: Rs 9.6 cr

Electoral record

2012: Defeated Nirmal Singh of the Congress by 772 votes

2007: She didn’t contest; Nirmal Singh won the seat for Congress

Assembly record

Questions asked: 22

Call attention moved: 0

Power punch Her husband, DTO Karan Singh, close to Bikram Majithia

What next Has been allotted ticket again by the SAD

How she performed

She claims she met almost all demands. She also claims that she brought down the rate of road construction to `18 lakh from `21 lakh per kilometre here. The project of fencing around the Bir Gurdialpura wildlife sanctuary also started late, which irked the farmers having agricultural land around the sanctuary. The issue of a bus stand inside Patran town also remained a major issue for the residents as the buses do not enter the town and market that are far from the bypass. Although the MLA considers a pipeline and cleaning of Ghaggar river as standout achievements, residents consider the seasonal river as the major problem of the area. The defunct bridges on the Bhakra canal in villages such as Kalwanu and Nanhera also displease voters.

Voter speak

Our MLA started working mainly in the fourth year of her term. The area is still backward in terms of job chances as she failed to bring any major project.

Pavitar Singh, 30, school teacher

She has done a lot, though projects are still on in villages and construction of roads is ongoing. She is easily accessible to the people and is polite in her behaviour.

Sarabjeet Singh Khalsa, 35, lecturer

By the way

Spends an hour daily in gym installed at home.

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