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MLA report card: Hardial Singh Kamboj and Brahm Mohindra

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

punjab Updated: Nov 19, 2016 09:41 IST
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Hardial Singh Kamboj, 56, Congress

Hardial Singh Kamboj (HT Photo)

Constituency: Rajpura

Education: Graduate

Assets declared in last polls: Rs 4.9 cr

Electoral record

2012: Defeated Raj Khurana of BJP by a margin of 31,510 votes

2007: Lost to Raj Khurana of BJP by a margin of 14,184 votes

Assembly record

Questions asked: 47

Call attention moved: 1

Power punch Aide of ex-MP Preneet Kaur from erstwhile royals of Patiala

What next He is likely to be nominated again by the party

How he performed

Kamboj claims to have revived the Rs150-crore project of theBanur canal that will channel Ghaggar’s seasonal water to nearly 60 villages of his constituency. Besides, he takes credit for a Footwear Design and Development Institute (FDDI) at Banur that is to start operations. However, except these two projects, basic civic infrastructure is in a shambles in Rajpura and he could not do much. The new bus stand on the city’s outskirts is lying dysfunctional for the last several years. The stray cattle menace is a major problem; several village residents staged a massive protest recently over it. Politically, he easily won against the BJP candidate in 2012 election. But, with the AAP in the fray this time, the three-cornered contest will be a challenge for him.

Voter speak

Our town has deplorable roads. Supply of drinking water is inconsistent. People want results, irrespective of party affiliations.

Mohaninder Singh, 68, insurance professional

Our MLA failed to improve the civic infrastructure. Parking has become a huge problem. Commuters fall prey to stray cattle every day.

Rohit Batra, 39, automobile company manager

By the way

Fond of rural sports such as kabaddi and tug of war

Brahm Mohindra,69,Congress

Brahm Mohindra (HT Photo)

Constituency: Patiala-Rural

Education: Graduate

Assets declared in last polls: Rs 6.5 cr

Electoral record

2012: Defeated Kuldeep Kaur Tohra of SAD by a margin of 27,602 votes

2007: Won from Samana; this seat came up later in delimitation

Assembly record

Questions asked: 37

Call attention moved: 0

Power punch Rose through youth Cong ranks, close to Kamal Nath, high command

What next He is likely to be fielded again from here

How he performed

He alleges that the SAD-BJP government’s biased approach towards MLAs from the opposition in granting funds for constituencies upset his development plans. However, he mingled well with area residents. He led a parents’ agitation last year against fee hike in private schools. Also, his efforts led to approval of a vehicular underpass for smooth inter-sector connectivity in the thickly populated Urban Estate. Sanitation and stray animals are issues affecting several areas of his segment, for which he blames the MC’s poor performance. He does underline that in 2012-13, sewerage was laid in 22 wards in his constituency from funds allocated by both Centre and state government. He had a major role in getting the funds sanctioned and then ensured the implementation.

Voter speak

He knows his job well. Despite being in the opposition he pursued our issues with the local administration and the state government whenever we approached him.

SS Bassi, 70, retd govt officer

There is no development here despite Brahm Mohindra having won five times. Being in the opposition, he should have at least taken up our issues with the MC in a better way.

Rishi Garg, 46, businessman

By the way

Known for people connect, had ‘fan clubs’ in 1990s

Tomorrow: Patiala (Urban), Sanaur, Samana

First Published: Nov 19, 2016 09:39 IST