MLA report card: Pawan Kumar Tinu and Pargat Singh
Hindustan Times takes a look at Punjab MLAs and their performance:punjab Updated: Nov 01, 2016 12:40 IST
Pawan Kumar Tinu, 50, SAD
Constituency: Adampur (SC)
Assets declared in last polls: Rs 2.2 cr
2012: Defeated Cong’s Satnam Singh Kainth by 19,306 votes
2007: Didn’t contest; Sarabjit Makkar won seat for SAD when it was not SC-reserved
Questions asked: 0
Call attention moved: 0
Power punch Close to deputy CM Sukhbir Badal, remained a CPS too
What next Likely to get the ticket again
How he performed
The MLA is credited with improving the sports infrastructure in the segment by using his clout when he was chief parliamentary secreatry (CPS) for sports. He got set up an indoor and outdoor stadium in Adampur town, and several gyms. Two ITIs were set up at Bhogpur and Adampur, and two veterinary hospitals also came up. He claims 279 km of roads were repaired. He also claims that it was due to his efforts that Adampur was sanctioned sewerage by making special financial provisions for Rs 47 crore. Using personal links with some NRI philanthropists, he has also set up sewing training centres in more than 80 villages in which around 1,200 girls are studying for different courses.
“His connect with the youth is quite strong. Special credit goes to him for the indoor stadium at Adampur. However, he did not do much on the cleanliness front,” Navjot Bhardwaj, 36, social activist, said.
“He is an open-minded person. Whatever be the performance of the SAD-BJP government in the state, what he has done in this tenure is exemplary,” Amarjeet Kaur, 45, housewife, said.
Pargat Singh, 51, Ex-SAD*
Constituency: Jalandhar Cantt
Assets declared in last polls: Rs 1.3 cr
2012: Defeated Cong’s Jagbir Singh Brar by a margin of 6,798 votes
2007: Did not contest; Jagbir Singh Brar won this seat for the SAD
Questions asked: 5
Call attention moved: 1
Power punch Former Indian hockey skipper, has a clean image
What next Fate tied to Navjot Sidhu-led Awaaz-e-Punjab forum
How he performed
The constituency did not see much development, and that factor also became a stated reason for Pargat Singh to quit the SAD. The planned waste-management plant cropped up as a prime issue after residents of villages around Jamsher, the project site, lodged protests. While the CM later announced cancellation of the project, it is yet to be closed officially. The city’s sewage treatment plant and dairy complex, which too fall in the vicinity, could not be improved. Roads around the city’s main bus stand got carpeted only after a series of protests by the opposition for three years. While a few other roads also got relaid recently, the Mithapur road leading to Pargat’s house remains potholed.
By the way When in trouble, finds solace in massage, lassi
“Pargat could not do much on the development front because of his sour relations with the top leaders of the SAD. However, he did not shelter any sort of corruption,” Pankaj Rana, 42, businessman, said.
“He won many hearts by standing against a waste-management plant and even criticised the mighty Sukhbir Badal. That, too, in today’s politics that’s full of opportunism!” Col Mandeep Grewal (retd), 60, said.
*Pargat won on SAD ticket, then fell out with leadership and resigned from party this September
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First Published: Nov 01, 2016 12:39 IST