Development or lack of development, key issue in Ludhiana East | News Ludhiana

Ludhiana: The Eastern Constituency had seen a very interesting competition between candidates in the 2017 assembly polls, where Congress candidate Sanjay Talwar could manage to pass by beating AAP’s Daljit Grewal by a narrow margin of 1581 votes. Even this time, the constituency is poised for a highly-watched contest as three candidates announced by the Congress, Akali Dal and the Aam Aadmi party, are vying against each other. However, the Bhartiya Janta Party is yet to take a call on whether it will field its own candidate or give its newly aligned partner Captain Amarinder Singh’ Punjab Lok Congress a chance to field its candidate by now. .
The Eastern Constituency, which is an urban ward of the city, is a hub of industrial areas, especially the dyeing industry, but compared to this the infrastructure is poor.
Over the past five years, residents of the constituency have complained about poor traffic management, choked sewage system, Buddha Nullah, litter mess and air pollution. This constituency has always had interesting elections as in the past even the BJP won this seat three times and Akali Dal was only able to win once.
Ruling party MP Sanjay Talwar claimed to have brought development works worth Rs 4,000 crores to this constituency over the past five years in a recently released booklet which his supporters plan to distribute to voters.
He claimed that where his previous successors spoke only of streets, sewers, streetlights, etc., he brought a government college, club, recreation valley, amusement parks, etc. for this area.
These claims were strongly disputed by his rival candidates, who argue that development was only done on a superficial level and that only cosmetic development took place at the end of his tenure.
AAP’s Daljit Grewal (Bhola) said, “In the past five years of Congress and before this reign of Akali Dal, there has been no change and people are still crying for basic amenities. The public struggles to get even drinking water.
However, SAD candidate Ranjit Dhillon said, “In the past five years, nothing has been done. The basic infrastructure has not improved and it is still where I left off during my tenure. People are not going to give a chance to those who have only told their lie”.
A resident of Tajpur Road, Sunil Sharma, said: “During the rainy season, many areas are submerged because they are located around Buddha Nullah. Additionally, at Tajpur Road, dairy complexes are located and the sewers remain choked as dairy waste enters the pipes.
Another Chandigarh Road resident, Dr Premjit Singh, said: “Throughout the year we have raised the issue of flooding on Chandigarh Road, whether it is due to rain or clogged sewers, but neither the regional councilor nor the deputy listened to us. We don’t expect to see much change.”
He said even the parks in the area were spoiled by dirty sewage water. Singh claimed that when they have not been able to get even basic things in the past five years, then what else can they expect from elected representatives.