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MLA report cards: Sharanjit Singh Dhillon and Ranjit Singh Dhillon

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

punjab Updated: Nov 06, 2016 11:34 IST
Aneesha Sareen Kumar and Tarsem Deogan
Aneesha Sareen Kumar and Tarsem Deogan
Hindustan Times
Punjab polls,Congress,SAD
Sharanjit Singh Dhillon and Ranjit Singh Dhillon(HT Photo)

Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, 63, Shiromani Akali Dal

Constituency: Sahnewal

Education: Law graduate

Assets declared in last polls: Rs 8.4 cr

Electoral record

2012: Won by a margin of 21,209 votes against Cong’s Vikram Singh Bajwa

2007: Didn’t contest, was MP (2004-09); this seat came up later in delimitation

Assembly record : Minister of irrigation

Power punch Was Ludhiana MP, is a close confidant of Sukhbir Badal

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

How he performed

There was no dearth of funds and he got a number of projects executed, including construction of a railway overbridge in Sahnewal and a bridge in Mattewara which has reduced traffic congestion. Though he also has duties as irrigation minister, he maintained constant touch with the electorate, and distributed grants of `25 crore towards rural development. Work was thus done on infrastructure in at least a dozen villages. While the constituency has a non-functional airport and a dearth of colleges, the residents feel construction of roads and improvement in sewerage and water supply have made a considerable difference. Another major project sanctioned during his tenure is a Cycle Valley at Dhanansu village to boost industry.

By the way

Carries food to have in car when travelling


Except a girls’ college at Ramgarh, there is none in the constituency. The overbridge in Sahnewal too led to loss of business to people whose shops are now under the bridge, Daljeet Atwal, 43, commission agent said.

The best thing about our MLA is that he is accessible. He spent a lot of money on development. He worked on making the power supply system better, besides improving the roads, Amarjeet S Gill, 60, property dealer said.

Ranjit Singh Dhillon, 51, Shiromani Akali Dal

Constituency Ludhiana-East

Education Class 10

Assets declared in last polls: Rs 3 cr

Electoral record

2012: Defeated Cong’s Gurmail Singh Pehalwan by a margin of 4,569 votes

2007: Didn’t contest; this segment came up later, upon new delimitation

Assembly record

Question asked: 22

Call attention moved: 0

Power punch Was councillor, now wife is; banks on grasroots connect

What next Keen on re-contesting, party likely to field him again

How he performed

When Ranjit Singh Dhillon became the first MLA of this new constituency, the area was underdeveloped, lacking even basic amenities such as carpeted roads and sewerage. At least 80 colonies of the area were got notified into the municipal corporation, after which these colonies were provided with roads, streetlights, water supply and sewerage. Three major roads were reconstructed soon after he took charge. He got upgraded two high schools to senior secondary level, and also established a high and a middle school. Besides, two hospitals of 30 beds each were built, and two dispensaries. He spent `50 crore on upgrading the power supply structure. But problems such as waterlogging and encroachment continue to trouble residents.

By the way

Avoids limelight; starts each day with prayers


The MLA has performed well. New roads have been constructed and sewage lines laid. He should speed up the work. He is very social and regularly meets people, Nitin Sharma, 28, pvt firm employee said.

The MLA delivered what he promised. Roads that were dilapidated are in good shape now. A major concern is the increasing crime. He should have raised the issue in the assembly, Mushtaq Ali, 38, medical practitioner said.

First Published: Nov 06, 2016 11:31 IST