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MLA report cards:Karan Kaur Brar and Harpreet Singh

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

punjab Updated: Nov 15, 2016 09:40 IST
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Karan Kaur Brar, 65, Congress

Karan Kaur Brar (HT Photo)

Constituency: Muktsar

Education: Graduate

Assets declared in last polls: Rs 128 cr

Electoral record

2012: Defeated Kanwarjit Singh Rozy Barkandi of SAD by 9,255 votes

2007: Her husband Kanwarjit Singh Brar won the seat; he died in 2012

Assembly record

Questions asked: 49

Call attention moved: 0

Power punch Belongs to one of the richest political families of the country

What next Likely to get ticket again but party might change her segment

How she performed

She claims that she is accessible to the people and has been meeting them. However, according to several residents, neither is she accessible nor did any development take place in the area. She agrees that development has not taken place, and adds that the SAD-BJP government ignored the constituency as people had voted for the Congress. She carries the political weight and might of her family as an asset, but some younger party members in the area are demanding to change the Congress candidate. Waterlogging, lack of proper sewerage, and broken roads are major troubles for residents. The SAD leader whom Karan Kaur had defeated, Kanwarjit Singh Rozy Barkandi, is the SAD halqa in-charge and calls the shot. Officials listen only to him.

Voter speak

She rarely visits the constituency and no development was done. My family has decided not to vote this time as there is no credible candidate in sight

Lok Nath,63, former professor

No development took place in the last five years. Now, the government is laying sewer pipes and repairing roads as elections are near. All the leaders do is fill their own pockets.

Som Dutt, 35, tea seller

By the way

Loves to read history; known for dress sense

Harpreet Singh, 38, Shiromani Akali Dal

Harpreet Singh (HT Photo)

Constituency: Malout

Education: Engineering graduate

Assets declared in last polls: Rs 30 lakh

Electoral record

2012: Defeated Nathu Ram of the Congress by a margin of 2,554 votes

2007: Defeated Nathu Ram of the Congress by a margin of 7,226 votess

Assembly record

Question asked: 36

Call attention moved: 2

Power punch Has emerged as a youth face after two consecutive wins

What next Likely to again get the party ticket

How he performed

He claims that a lot of development work took place in the last five years and the SAD-BJP government ensured overall progress of the state. Residents claim that civic amenities were not improved, and that the situation on this count continues to be bad in the villages, in particular. He also claims that a substation of 220 KVA has solved the problem of erratic electricity supply. His tenure of last ten years is not marked by any controversy, though, and he is known among the people for his ‘soft’ attitude and humble nature. When it comes to calling the shots, residents say that Dyal Singh Kolianwali, SAD’s halqa in-charge, holds the real power in the area.

Voter speak

No development has been done in the area and no new policy made by the government for young people. I am looking for a job but there is none here in the town.

Jaspal Singh, 25, unemployed graduate

The MLA is not accessible to the residents. He prefers to work through some of his close associates. He rarely visits the villages to take stock of the situation there.

Jagdeep Singh Dhillon, 55, doctor

By the way

Often goes to pilgrimage sites

Tomorrow: Jalalabad, Kotkapura, Jaito, Rampura Phul

First Published: Nov 12, 2016 13:26 IST