Located on the Jalandhar-Jammu National Highway No 1-A, Mukerian has given many officers to the Indian Army. The constituency’s majority of population belongs to Sikh and Hindu religions.
The constituency is Congress dominated and is represented by Rajnish Kumar Babbi, son of former Congress leader late Dr Kewal Kishan, a former speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha. Though he successfully contested as an independent candidate in 2012 after denied ticket by the Congress, yet rejoined the parent party after winning the election.
He had defeated BJP stalwart Arunesh Kumar Shakar, the sitting MLA, and the official party candidate Ajit Kumar Narang.
This time, Babbi will face Arunesh Kumar, a BJP candidate and Sulakhan Singh Jaggi of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) apart from Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate in a tough contest.
Here, winning elections is an uphill task for candidates of main political parties.
The AAP has considerable number of votes here with almost all leaders and works of Manpreet Singh Badal’s People’s Party of Punjab (PPP) embracing the party following merger of the PPP with the Congress.
The total number of voters in Mukerian assembly seat is 1,83,663.
The majority of the population is employed in agriculture and are serving in Indian Defence forces in several capacities. Mukerian is a permanent base of the Indian Armed forces and its south part hosts Unchi Bassi cantonment and Mansar in north.
Mukerian Hydel Project is one of the biggest irrigation projects in India. The Pong Dam across river Beas is about 35 km from this town.
The town is famous for not only for its food, but also for rich market it has for the women suit shops and jewelry shops. Mukerian has some 32 rice mills.
Mukerian is a permanent base of Indian Armed forces and its south part hosts Unchi Bassi cantonment and Mansar in north
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