Hopes of Zora Singh to go to Lok Sabha for fourth consecutive term dash
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today announced the candidature of Jalalabad MLA and Chief Parliamentary Secretary Sher Singh Ghubaiya from Ferozepur parliamentary seat at a public rally of Rai Sikh community in Ghubaiya village.
The rally was organised to welcome Sukhbir Singh Badal to the post of Deputy Chief Minister. With a sizeable population in the area,it is believed that the Rai Sikh community would play a key role in these polls.
With this,the hopes of 68-year-old Zora Singh Mann,who at present represents the constituency as the SAD(B) MP,to go to Parliament for the fourth consecutive term have been dashed.
Among other things,changes in the constituency after delimitation are being seen as a reason for the SAD(B) choosing Ghubaiya,a Rai Sikh,over Mann,a Jat Sikh. Ghubaiya,who has done pre-engineering from MR College,Fazilka,started his political career when he was elected sarpanch of Ghubaiya village in 1993. He was elected member of block samiti in 1995,before entering Punjab Assembly for the first time in 1997. He won from Jalalabad again in the February 2007 Assembly polls.
A matriculate,Mann was elected as an MP to the 12th Lok Sabha in 1998. He was chosen as a member of the Committee on Industry and the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas Consultative Committee during 1998-99 before being re-elected to the 13th Lok Sabha for the second consecutive term in 1999.
During his second term,Mann was selected member for committees on agriculture and external affairs. He continued his winning stride for the third term in a row after victory in Parliamentary polls from Ferozepur in 14th Lok Sabha in 2004. During this tenure also,he served as a member in different committees.
Meanwhile,the CM announced that all the tillers who have not been bestowed proprietary rights across the banks of rivers in border areas would soon get clearance from the state government. He directed all the deputy commissioners of the border districts to complete the process of giving rights to these tillers within a week.
Badal said the state government would transfer the vacant land situated across the fence on the Indo-Pak Border to 13 panchayats in Ferozepur district at the rate of Rs 25,000 per acre,pond area land ahead of fence at the rate of Rs 75,000 per acre and the land near the Ferozepur Cantonment at the rate of Rs 1.5 lakh per acre. All these payments would be made in six installments. He added that the Financial Commissioner,Revenue,has been directed to finalise modalities within 10 days.