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 SADs 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 ministers 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.