MLA report cards: Tota Singh and Joginderpal Jain

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

punjab Updated: Nov 15, 2016 09:36 IST
Assembly,Electoral,MLA report card

Tota Singh, 75, Shiromani Akali Dal

Tota Singh (HT Photo)

Constituency: Dharamkot

Education: Class 10

Assets declared in last polls: Rs 19.2cr

Electoral record

2012: Defeated Sukhjit Singh Kaka Lohgarh of Congress by 4,280 votes

2007: Lost to Cong’s Joginderpal Jain by a margin of 1,395 votes from Moga

Assembly record

Questions asked: 20

Call attention moved: 1

Power punch Senior leader; close to chief minister Parkash Singh Badal

What next Likely to get the SAD ticket again from Dharamkot

How he performed

Despite allegations of corruption against him in the recruitment of 134 clerks, misuse of official car and wrongdoings in the purchase of pesticides, agriculture minister Tota Singh has managed to keep his vote bank intact in Dharamkot with a spree of development works in his constituency. Dharamkot was known as a backward area before Tota Singh won the seat and now it has got one of the best tehsil complexes, surplus electricity, a degree college and polytechnic college. However, he failed to solve the problem of stray cattle which has not only become a menace for the commuters but also for the farmers. He got a ‘gaushala’ oepned in the area, but even that didn’t help much. He regularly meets people at his home in Moga and listens to their problems..

Voter speak

We are happy with the performance of our MLA. He brought a degree college and surplus electricity to Dharamkot. Roads and sewerage still need attention.

Gagandeep Singh, 34, social worker.

His performance as an MLA in the last five years is satisfacoty. I will request him to solve the problem of stray cattle as their presence on the road leads to accidents.

Sanjeev Gupta, 40, pharmacist.

By the way

Loves greenery, spends time in his nursery

Joginderpal Jain, 70, Shiromani Akali Dal

Joginderpal Jain (HT Photo)

Constituency: Moga

Education: Class 12

Assets declared in last polls: Rs 7.7 cr

Electoral record

2012: Defeated Vijay Sathi (Cong) by 18,949 votes after joining Akali Dal.

2007: Defeated PS Gill of SAD; 2007: Defeated Tota Singh of Akali Dal

Assembly record

Questions asked: 52

Call attention moved: 0

Power punch Close to deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal

What next Not interested in fighting next assembly elections.

How he performed

He is an MLA and his son Akshit Jain is Moga mayor, still turncoat Joginderpal Jain blames political rivalry within the Shiromani Akali Party (SAD) leaders for not able to do much for the segment during his tenure. Before the by-elections in 2013, he had sought votes on the promise to develop Moga, but nothing is visible on that count in the city. Urban and rural areas are equally under-developed and stray cattle are a common sight. Accidents due to stray cattle are common and many lives have been lost. He failed to even provide or upgrade the basic civic amenities such as roads, sewerage and parks to the people of his constituency. People are fast losing trust in him. He is often seen at bhogs and other social gatherings.

Voter speak

Jain changed the party for his selfish motives and got votes on the promise of development in 2013. Our MLA even failed to provide us basic civic facilities.

Suresh Sood, 51, RTI activist

I have not seen any development in Moga district for a decade. Our MLA has failed to even solve the stray cattle menace. Garbage dumps can be seen on roadsides evey few metres.

Rachit Garg, 24, student

By the way

Fond of reading religious and history books

Tomorrow: Ferozepur (urban), Guruharsahai, Jalalabad, Fazilka

First Published: Nov 10, 2016 09:46 IST