MLA report card: Sohan Singh Thandal and Sangat Singh Gilzian
Hindustan Times takes a look at Punjab MLAs and their performance:punjab Updated: Nov 02, 2016 19:43 IST
Sohan Singh Thandal, 59, SAD
Constituency: Chabbewal (SC)
Assets declared in last polls: Rs 1.3 cr
2012: Defeated Congress candidate Dr Raj Kumar by 6,246 votes
2007: Won from Mahilpur; Chabbewal seat came up later in delimitation
Assembly record Minister for jails and tourism
Power punch Four-time MLA is area heavyweight; close to CM
What next Likely to get the ticket again
How he performed
He is flayed for not bringing any major project and ignoring the roads; but he claims to have spent Rs 100 crore on development in the current year alone. Initiating seven new water supply schemes, two lift irrigation schemes, renovation of the Maili dam, upgrade of the Harta Badla and Chabbewal hospitals, renovation of Phuglana hospital building, and upgrade of six schools and five power grids are his major achievements. He claims to provide Rs 50 lakh every year for sports promotion and infrastructure. But he failed to provide building for Mehtiana police station and adequate staff for upgraded health institutions. He claims to have got sanction and funds for construction of a building for Chabbewal police station.
By the way Loves to dress up, known for turban colours
“The constituency has seen a lot of development. Condition of link roads has improved. Thandal is very active in the area. He is a well-mannered person too, and should win again,” Jagdev Singh, 65, farmer, said.
“In the past, people in rural areas had to face harassment due to bad roads. Lately, road-laying was taken up on a large scale. It may be a poll-time move, but people are relieved,” Gurjit Singh, 26, computer instructor, said.
Sangat Singh Gilzian, 63, Cong
Education: Class 8
Assets declared in last polls: Rs 3.3 cr
2012: Defeated SAD’s Arvinder Singh Rasoolpur by 5,529 votes
2007: As independent, won Tanda seat, which was recast after delimitation as Urmur
Questions asked: 31
Call attention moved: 0
Power punch Has goodwill in area and deep pockets
What next Likely to be nominated again by party
How he performed
It was due to sheer goodwill among the public that he won two consecutive elections when other Congress leaders in the district struggled. Despite being in the opposition, he managed to install his own men as civic body chiefs for three terms. He never misses a public gathering. He claims credit for at least seven major roads and a bridge worth Rs 18 crore. At the same time, he candidly admits he could not undertake any development in the current tenure for lack of support from the Centre and the state governments. He pressed the state government to build a stadium with the money it got from the National Highways Authority of India for 2.5 acres that former minister Kartar Singh donated; but the efforts failed.
By the way His brother is the New York host to Cong leaders
“Our area has no industry. Synthetic drugs and illicit liquor are sold here with police and political connivance. Our MLA is open-minded but he was ignored by the ruling party,” Raja Dyal, 29, dentist, said.
“Drugs and unemployment are the two major problems, and youth needs to be drawn towards sports. But the day-boarding sports facility was shifted to a minister’s segment,” Manipal Singh, 55, ex-armyman, said.
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