MLA report cards: Sukhbir Singh Badal and Joginder Singh
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MLA report cards: Sukhbir Singh Badal and Joginder Singh

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

punjab Updated: Nov 13, 2016 09:59 IST
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Sukhbir Singh Badal,54, Shiromani Akali Dal

Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal. (HT Photo)

Constituency: Jalalabad

Education: MBA

Assets declared in last polls: Rs 76.5 cr

Electoral record

2012: Defeated independent candidate Hans Raj Josan by 50,246 votes

2007: Defeated Hans Raj Josan of Congress by 80,662 votes

Assembly record Deputy chief minister

Power punch SAD president; as father’s deputy, he runs the show

What next May choose to fight from two segments this time

How he performed

Sukhbir is the de facto chief minister, harping on the development plank across the state. He has been making rounds of his constituency all through his tenure, laying foundation stones and implementing works such as renovation of link roads, waterworks and community centres. Politically, he became accessible to the people cutting across caste or religion-based communities in this Rai Sikh-dominated constituency. His predecessor Sher Singh Ghubaya (now SAD MP) was known to be accessible to only Rai Sikhs. More than 90% sangat darshans of the deputy CM in Fazilka district were held in Jalalabad, where he focused on funding the villages, besides the town. Bureaucrats keep blank cheques handy at these sangat darshans.

Voter speak

Jalalabad witnessed a series of development works because Sukhbir was elected from here. We got a girls’ college, a 120-bed hospital and a flood-lit stadium.

Pawan Aggarwal, 32, businessman

The residents got say in the local as well as state administration as the deputy is our MLA. Development works, such as good roads, were carried out at a fast pace.

Sandeep Babber, 37, trader

By the way

Says he can read intentions from people’s faces

Joginder Singh, 58, Congress

Joginder Singh (HT Photo)

Constituency: Jaitu

Education: Class 5

Assets declared in last polls: Rs 2.5 cr

Electoral record

2012: Defeated Gurdev Singh Badal of SAD by 3,489 votes

2007: He won from Panjgrain; this segment came up later in delimitation

Assembly record

Question asked: 41

Call attention moved: 2

Power punch Rose from being a labour union leader, now district Cong chief

What next Likely to be shifted to Nihalsinghwala this time

How he performed

Residents say he rarely visits the constituency. There were people-led agitations against the lack of basic civic amenities, but he was missing in action then too. The local Congress unit that he heads remains divided into factions, further blunting his powers while being in the opposition. For failing to do even basic development, there is anti-incumbency sentiment against him. He claims that the SAD-BJP government ignored his constituency and stalled all development works. Among the people, a section also says that he worked for his own interests using the party name. But the MLA now declares he will ensure development if and when the Congress forms the next government in the state.

Voter speak

No development has been done, and the MLA never stood with the people during agitations. There were several protests against the government, but he failed to join them.

Rakesh Kumar Gocha, 40, trader

Our MLA is not accessible to the people, and never even demanded anything from the government. He kept saying that he can’t deliver because he is in the opposition.

Pargat Singh, 35, tutor

By the way

Once lived in abject poverty, now in mansion

Tomorrow: Bhucho Mandi, Bathinda-urban, Bathinda-rural, Talwandi Sabo

First Published: Nov 13, 2016 09:24 IST