With campaigning entering its last lap, voters will seal the fate of 22 candidates fighting elections in this constituency on April 30. And the candidates are leaving nothing to chance, promising everything under the sky.
While the Congress candidate is largely banking on the legacy of his grandfather former chief minister Beant Singh, Independent candidate Simarjit Singh Bains is all out to woo SC/ST and OBC community. SAD candidate Manpreet Singh Ayali is busy asking for votes in the name of BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and making promises for industry.
Newsline studies the details of manifestos released by the four main candidates:
‘ACCOUNTABLE’ and a 24×7 MP
Stressing the accountability factor, Simarjit Singh Bains is trying to project himself as a 24×7 MP. He has also mentioned timings for which he will be available to meet people, five hours each in the morning and in the evening. He promises to take up in the Lok Sabha the issue of heavy toll tax in Punjab and reduction in petrol prices. Reduction in prices of construction material (sand, bricks) and ban on property tax and regularisation charges are also mentioned.
Promises for SC/ST/OBC community include electricity bill exemption like farmers, 50% exemption on stamp duty and no fee for approval of maps. He also promises delivery of shagun scheme cheque by the councillor personally a day before the marriage of poor girls. Suvidha centres in every ward and village which will also facilitate making new passports is one tall promise. He also promises VAT exemption on marriage halls, hotels and dhabas.
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‘IN GOOD BOOKS of GANDHIS’
Congress candidate Ravneet Singh Bittu in his manifesto claims that he is “carrying forward family legacy of service to society” and is “proud of being in good books of Sonia and Rahul Gandhi”. According to him, he should be next MP because he is a local and the youngest MP from Punjab. He promises to complete the pending projects of Manish Tewari and construction of flyovers to solve the traffic problem. He promises a new hospital on the lines of AIIMS and an engineering college (IIT) along with an increase in the budget of PAU and GADVASU. Special incentives for cycle, dyeing and hosiery industry are also promised. Proper cow sheds throughout Ludhiana and housing scheme for every slum dweller come as old wine in a new bottle.
AYALI PROMISES more ‘POLICE SENSITIVITY’
SAD-BJP candidate Manpreet Singh Ayali claims that he will make optimum use of MPLAD funds and an MP office will be opened in the secretariat for people where staff will be available six days a week. A special panel to de-congest traffic and cleaning of Buddha Nullah is what he terms his “vision for Ludhiana”. A 24×7 helpline to lodge complaints against corruption will be opened, as per his manifesto.
Uplifting sports and a new hospital at the entrance of the city are promised. Increasing women personnel and “increasing sensitivity of police in dealing with women cases” are steps he claims will be taken for women’s security. Upgradation of Sahnewal airport and greenbelts to control pollution are also promised.
HERE TO CHANGE THE SYSTEM
AAM Aadmi Party candidate H S Phoolka says that he is here to change the system. “I am not your MP who will get you land papers made and do administration work. I am here to change the system in such a way that you need not approach MLA or MP to get your paper work done. We are here for a revolution,” he says.