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Report Card 2013……

Earlier seen mostly on weekends,these days Tewari is also seen in urban as well as rural areas on weekdays.

Deputy Commissioner – Rajat Aggarwal

The song Bach ke rehna re baba…is apt for DC Rajat Aggarwal,who has earned the label of a strict administrator from his subordinates. Aggarwal keeps a hawk’s eye on all the work shirkers and forced all late comers to be on time. Though he took charge in the last quarter of 2013,in Ludhiana,he earned the support of senior citizens,especially for his project which spoke about their rights. It sent out a strong message to those who do not take good care of their parents.

MC Commissioner – Rahul Tewari

Idhar chala main udhar chala,jaane kahaan main kidhar chala… must be how Municipal Corporation Commissioner Rahul Tewari felt,before he was finally appointed to his present post. While first he was transferred from the post of Ludhiana deputy commissioner (DC) to Amritsar DC,recently there was news of him being appointed the new CA of GLADA. However,finally he was made the MC Commissioner.

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Police Commissioner – Nirmal Singh Dhillon

Known for his cool approach while handling even the tough cases,Commissioner Nirmal Singh Dhillon succeeds in pacifying angry complainants soon. One this he is not happy about is the the traffic congestion in this city as he himself has got stuck in traffic jams a number of times. Therefore,apart from maintaining law and order,he believes that managing the traffic properly will solve more than 50 per cent of the problems in the city.

CA GLADA – R K Verma

Senior IAS officer R K Verma,who is now Chief Administrator of Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA),can be called an IT buff. During his previous posting as MC Commissioner,Ludhiana,or his present post for that matter,he is always available to media on popular apps and in case he is stuck in a meeting,one can leave questions on his app and there is no doubt that he will not reply.

Mayor – Harcharan Singh Gohalwalria

Targeted throughout the year for being ‘inefficient and non performing’ by the opposition,Congress,Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria did not have much to worry about. His close ties with Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has ensured that he might continue to enjoy the plum post without much difficulty in the future too.

Union Minister and MP – Manish Tewari

Manish Tewari is the first Ludhiana MP who has got a Union Minister rank. Tewari and his supporters can be often seen propagating this among the masses during public functions,and perhaps this is the USP of the minister. Earlier seen mostly on weekends,these days Tewari is also seen in urban as well as rural areas on weekdays, which is is obvious since Lok Sabha elections are approaching.

PWD Minister – Sharanjeet Singh Dhillon


Throughout the year Sharanjeet Singh Dhillon was in the news for one or the other reason. He prefers to drive the JCB machine himself on a demolition drive and he also got the maximum panchayats from his constituency elected unanimously. Dhillon was in thenews for his differences with the BJP as well.

Bains brothers

Though Bains brothers — Atam Nagar MLA Simarjeet Singh Bains and Ludhiana South MLA Balwinder Bains (left) — are back in the folds of the Shiromani Akali Dal Punjab (SAD),they can hardly be seen at SAD functions. Voters of their constituencies say they are SAD MLAs for name sake only,

since they mostly work as

independent MLAs.

Ludhiana Central MLA – Surinder Dawar

Even after nearly two years of formation of the SAD-BJP government,Congress MLA Surinder Dawar,who got elected for the third time,can still not forget that his party lost the Vidhan Sabha elections. He is often heard saying,“I could have been a minister had we formed the government.”

Ludhiana west MLA – Bharat Bhushan Ashu


Be it property tax,protest for tighter security for MP Manish Tewari or launch of Ludhiana FM,Congress MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu was seen standing detached and against his own party throughout the year,with the rift between him and Congress district president (urban) Pawan Dewan out in the open. However,the latest nomination for him for a post in PPCC has only proved that he is well placed despite his differences with local leaders.

Ludhiana West MLA – Ranjit Singh Dhillon

The song Yahan ke hum Sikander… is quite apt for SAD MLA Ranjit Singh Dhillon,who made record controversies in 2013. With four major rifts over stone laying and inauguration of projects in ward number 8 with area councillor Daljit Singh Grewal,Dhillon needs to give a serious thought to adopting Gandhigiri and maintaining peace.

Khanna MLA – Gurkeerat Kotli

MLA Gurkeerat Kotli kept playing hide and seek with the voters of his constituency throughout the year. He was hardly seen among the masses and was even found absent from all the meetings of Khanna Municipal Council,where he is an ex-officio member. “This shows his concern for development,” say his opponents.

PAU V-C – B S Dhillon

PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr B S Dhillon was in news for his temper throughout 2013. Be it poor farmers,who were lashed upon at the kisan mela,or four students who were initially ordered termination for sleeping on the campus lawns,the victims of his temper are plenty. Hope 2014 is a little temper-free for PAU fellows.

CPS – Manpreet Ayali

Chief Parliamentary Secretary (CPS) Manpreet Ayali,though remained in the news for getting an award from the Centre for the best zila parishad,of which he was the chairman,his name was often confused with another person. Speakers often used to call him Manpreet Badal and later apologised.

First published on: 01-01-2014 at 22:53 IST
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