MLA report card: Sadhu Singh Dharamsot and Gobind Singh Longowal
Hindustan Times takes a look at Punjab MLAs and their performance:punjab Updated: Nov 18, 2016 09:24 IST
Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, 56,Congress
Constituency: Nabha (SC)
Education: Class 10
Assets declared in last polls: Rs 91 lakh
2012: Defeated Balwant Singh of SAD by a margin of 22,548 votes
2007: Won Amloh segment; Nabha was won by Randeep Singh for Congress
Questions asked: 33
Call attention moved: 0
Power punch He is the first MLA from the Bazigar community
What next Vice-chief of state Cong campaign panel, his ticket is assured
How he performed
During the Congress government at the Centre, Rs 65 crore were sanctioned for the sewerage system in Nabha. But due to the credit-taking politics between Congress and Akali Dal, the money could not be used and was returned.Although he blames state government and the new central government for withdrawing the grant sanctioned by former PM Manmohan Singh, people have a view that he was active only in bhog and marriage ceremonies but not so active in raising their problems. He did raise issues of the area in the last one year. The erstwhile royal city has been facing huge civic issues, which did not see much change during his tenure. Now he says he will do a lot if his party forms the government and he wins too.
He is easily approachable and participates in functions of all religions and castes. Drainage problem could have been solved if funds he got from the Centre were spent here.
Subhash Sehgal, 46, trader assn leader
The city is highly troubled by bad roads and garbage problem. The MLA staged protests in the past few months over state government’s apathy, but could not do much.
Chandan Kumar, 28, lawyer
By the way
Known to be yoga fan, exercises regularly
Gobind Singh Longowal, 58, Shiromani Akali Dal
Assets declared in last polls: Rs 2.5cr
2012: Defeated Cong’s Simar Partap Singh by 37,501 vote
2007: Lost to Cong’s Arvind Khanna who quit; 2007: independent Iqbal Jhundan won
Questions asked: 7
Call attention moved: 1
Power punch Foster son of Harchand Singh Longowal, now close to Badal clan
What next Wants to contest from Dhuri or Sunam; not sure yet
How he performed
After Congress MLA Arvind Khanna’s resignation in 2015, Longowal won and started development projects with an eye on the assembly elections. He spent around Rs 40 crore on road projects, Rs 3 crore on a tehsil building; got 12 government schools upgraded; and spent Rs 300 crore on sewerage. A degree college was started too. But residents say that the development projects were started only in some villages while a large number of areas remained untouched. The villages have been facing problems of improper sewerage and dilapidated link roads. The MLA also admitted that he could not get built a new bus stand for Dhuri. The constituency also witnessed protests over people from the reserved categories not getting their rights to panchayat land.
Our village got several grants and projects on the civic front. But a toll plaza has been established nearby which has become problematic. We have to pay on a daily basis.
Ranjit Singh, 31, teacher
He could have done a lot more despite the alibi that he did not have time to complete projects. We’ve been facing sewerage problem, and also there is no proper road from Dhuri to Barnala.
Kulwinder Singh, 29, farmer
By the way
In leisure time, listens to kirtan (religious hymns)
Tomorrow: Patiala -Rural, rajpura, Dera Bassi, Ghanaur