MLA report card: Madan Mohan Mittal and Daljit Singh Cheema
Hindustan Times takes a look at Punajb MLAs and their performance:punjab Updated: Nov 04, 2016 22:53 IST
Madan Mohan Mittal, 77, BJP
Constituency: Anandpur Sahib
Education: Law graduate
Assets declared in last polls: Rs 2.8 cr
2012: Defeated Congress candidate Kanwar Pal Singh by 7,886 votes
2007: Lost to Cong’s Kanwar Pal Singh in Nangal; this seat came up later in delimitation
Assembly record Minister for industry
Power punch A BJP veteran known to be close to SAD power centres too
What next Wants son Arvind Mittal to get the ticket this time
How he performed
During his 2012 election campaign, Mittal used to say, “Press the button [on voting machine], and a minister will come out!” That turned out to be true as he got a cabinet berth. But he failed to check illegal mining that is rampant in the area. He regularly meets people from his constituency, but his temper is what many people fear. He failed to provide basic supply of drinking water to 24 villages of Changar area. A few tubewells were installed but there is no electricity connection for these. He, however, claims to have solved the problem of lack of clean drinking water in the constituency by installing tubewells. His focus was to ensure each village is connected with road, and that urban areas have streetlights, on which he got some success.
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“On development front, nothing has been done. Even job fairs have failed to yield desired results. A big issue of the area is illegal mining but nothing has been done to stop that,” Harpreet Singh, 20, salesperson, said.
“Though the MLA did not get any major projects for the area, he has been working to resolve general issues. He has been meeting sarpanches to address problems,” Amarjit Singh, 51, businessman, said.
Daljit Singh Cheema, 54, SAD
Assets declared in last polls: Rs 67.3 lakh
2012: Defeated Congress candidate Romesh Dutt Sharma by 8,882 votes
2007: He did not contest; Sant Ajit Singh won the seat for SAD
Assembly record Minister for education
Power punch Is part of the SAD top circles; also spokesperson
What next Keen on contesting again, but says party will decide
How he performed
A first-time MLA but senior nonetheless in the SAD, the doctor is among the more educated members of the cabinet. He got the education portfolio after Sikander Singh Maluka came under fire for some scams in the department. He makes sure that no calls on his phone go unattended, with a staff member noting down all numbers even when he is busy, so that he can call back. He got funds for water supply and sewerage works, a long-pending demand. A project for revamp of the Pinkcassia Tourist Complex was given to a firm, but that failed to take off. Even the promise of a new bus stand hangs fire, though the town has seen works such as a bypass, strengthening of roads, and upgrade of schools.
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“If infrastructure such as roads is development, then he has done a lot. But, overall, there is a failure of institutional set-up if you see the policy decisions of the government,” Ajmer Singh, 65, retd education official, said.
“He worked on infrastructure, and even link roads were developed. But, nothing has been done to tap tourism potential or to get industry here to generate employment,” Devinder S Jattana, 66, ex-banker, said.