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MLA report cards: Rakesh Kumar Pandey and Bharat Bhushan Ashu

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

punjab Updated: Nov 08, 2016 12:55 IST
Rakesh Kumar Pandey,Bharat Bhushan Ashu,MLA report cards

Rakesh Kumar Pandey, 61, Congress

Rakesh Kumar Pandey (HT Photo)

Constituency: Ludhiana-North

Education: Class 10

Assets declared in last polls: Rs 1.4 cr

2012: Defeated Parveen Bansal of BJP by a margin of 2,168 votes

2007: Lost to Harish Bedi of the BJP by a margin of 4,896 votes

Assembly record

Questions asked: 26

Call attention moved: 0

Power punch 4-time MLA; father was freedom fighter, Cong veteran Joginder Pall

What next Likely to get the ticket again on back of record

How he performed

Pandey shows a long list of pending works, particularly the maintenance of sewerage and road carpeting, funds for which are awaited. He says the SAD-BJP regime is delaying the funds as he belongs to the opposition Congress. He did get six tubewells installed in the area using MPLAD funds of the then Lok Sabha member Manish Tewari. Pandey says nothing has been done by the government for cleaning of Buddha Nullah even though he got `50 crore sanctioned from the Centre when Tewari was MP and Congress in power. Industrial waste is still being dumped in the nullah with no check by the authorities. Streets in some areas such as Gandhi Nagar are so narrow that fire brigade is unable to enter.

Voter speak

I live in Fatehgarh Mohalla and, no matter who is in power, our problems with lack of proper sewerage remain unaddressed. Our MLA is accessible, but could not do much.

Sham Sunder, 62, factory worker

Areas near Buddha Nullah stink and vehicles fail to wade through all the water on the roads after rain. Rainwater even enters our houses, adding to the trouble.

Balwinder Singh, 62, engineer

Bharat Bhushan Ashu, 45, Congress

Bharat Bhushan Ashu (HT Photo)

Constituency: Ludhiana-west

Education: Graduate

Assets declared in last polls: Rs 6 cr

Electoral record

2012: Defeated Rajinder Bhandari of BJP by 35,804 votes

2007: Did not contest; Harish Rai Dhanda won this seat for the Congress

Assembly record

Questions asked: 36

Call attention moved: 1

Power punch Has risen from being a councillor; remains at forefront of protests

What next Considered a sure-shot candidate from here again

How he performed

His area was relatively developed when he became MLA. He carried out projects of sewerage and drinking water in some parts. Besides, he got installed tubewells too. He hit the headlines mainly for agitations against the SAD-BJP government, and forced the authorities to complete work in time. He along with MP Ravneet Singh Bittu and other Congress leaders protested for opening of Lodhi Club underbridge, which was then inaugurated in a week. He got installed open-air gyms in parks. He also takes credit for a Public Health Centre in Jawaddi. Now, he along with other party leaders has been pressurising the government to resume work on Ludhiana City Centre. Traffic snarls remain a problem in the area.

Voter speak

Most of the areas were already developed, he only had to work on waterlogging and encroachment, in which he did not succeed. Internal roads need immediate attention.

Gurpreet Singh, 35, businessman

The MLA is easily available for people. Being in the opposition, he did not get any support from the state government, but he put in efforts for timely completion of projects.

Rompy Taneja, 42, trader

By the way

In late father’s memory, keeps a beard as he did

Tomorrow: Raikot, Jagraon, Nihalsinghwala, Baghapurana

First Published: Nov 08, 2016 12:46 IST