Friday, January 6, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Badals eye poor, Dalit colonies

Badals eye poor, Dalit colonies
Amrita Chaudhry Posted online: Fri Jan 06 2012, 03:49 hrs
Ludhiana : The SAD(Badal) is paying extra attention to the vehras
(poor and Dalit colonies) of the villages, which is evident from the
fact from painting party slogans on doors meant for toilets being
constructed for the poor to grants, all are being directed to what can
be called a "neglected area" in the state.

The latest to join the list of SAD's probable gift for the poor are
the 165 homes constructed in village Khudhiyan, which falls in Lambi
constituency from where the Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal will
contest the January 30 polls.

It is being said that the houses, which are yet to be completed, are
being handed over to the probable voters in haste. In some cases, the
keys to these homes are being used as baits to woo the voters.

Gurmeet Singh Khudiyan, a local Congress leader who is also the
election agent of Maheshinder Singh Badal — the chief minister's
cousin who is the Congress aspirant from Lambi — said: "We have
already lodged a complaint with the deputy commissioner. We have
expressed apprehension that these houses will be used to lure voters
once the poling day draws near."

He added: "The SAD(B) has tried to bring in the toilet doors but we
immediately brought the issue to the notice of the Election
Commission. These doors now lie locked inside the panchayat ghar.
Similarly, grants are being distributed freely. We are trying to
approach the banks to stop payment of these grants but then plugging
all loopholes is not easy."

Dr Santokh Singh, a well-known political scientist, said: "There has
been a significant shift in Punjab polity. The Akalis always had a
stronghold among the peasantry or the Jatt Sikh voters. However, with
Captain Amarinder Singh sweeping Malwa in the last Assembly elections,
this votebank got divided and has further split with the emergence of
Manpreet Badal."


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