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PRI poll results a shot in arm for Fateh

Senior Congress leader Fateh Jung Singh Bajwa has received a shot in the arm as the opposition party has managed to win eight of the 17 panchayat samiti seats and one zila parishad seat of Dakoha in Sri Hargobindpur block of Gurdaspur district.

punjab Updated: May 24, 2013 19:51 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

Senior Congress leader Fateh Jung Singh Bajwa has received a shot in the arm as the opposition party has managed to win eight of the 17 panchayat samiti seats and one zila parishad seat of Dakoha in Sri Hargobindpur block of Gurdaspur district.


Fateh Jung, the younger brother of Punjab Congress president and Gurdaspur MP Partap Singh Bajwa, had contested the Sri Hargobindpur assembly seat thrice but was unsuccessful every time. The constituency has since been renamed as Bhoa segment and reserved for a Scheduled Caste candidate in the wake of latest delimitation exercise.

Fateh had also lost the by-election in Kahnuwan assembly segement in 2009 to Sewa Singh Sekhwan of the Shiromani Akali Dal after Partap Singh Bajwa resigned as MLA to contest from the Gurdaspur Parliamentary constituency during the general election that year.

However, he is said to have remained in touch with his supporters in the area over these years and this strategy seems to have paid off in the May 19 elections to the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) in Gurdaspur district.

Fateh fought the recent PRI elections with vigour even when some Congress MLAs from Gurdaspur district reportedly virtually boycotted the electoral battle in their respective constituencies on one or the other pretext, leaving the field wide open for the ruling SAD-BJP combine.

Fateh claims to still enjoy a rapport with the residents of Sri Hargobindpur segment and diligently performed duties assigned by the Congress.

In 2009 general election, Fateh worked relentlessly for Congress candidate and elder brother Partap Singh Bajwa. However, his political career took a hit when he was denied the Congress ticket in 2012 Punjab Vidhan Sabha election. His sister-in-law and PPCC chief's wife Charanjit Kaur Bajwa was allotted the party ticket from Qadian assembly segment and she won.

Fateh, who also enjoys cordial relations with former Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh, has also of late mended fences with his elder brother Partap Singh Bajwa after his appointment as PPCC president.

And with Fateh giving a good account of himself in the recent PRI polls, his political fortunes could only see an upswing in the near future.

First Published: May 24, 2013 19:49 IST