Sangrur: Situated in the north-west region of Punjab and having a major part of Sangrur has a literacy rate of 67.99 per cent. Once known as economically backward, Sangrur has shown great development in recent past. Population wise the district has dominancy of Sikhs with population of 65.10 per cent, followed by Hindus by 23.53 per cent and Muslims with 10.82 per cent.
Sangrur has produced leaders like Late Sant Harchand Singh Longowal and two Chief Ministers, Surjit Singh Barnala and Rajinder Kaur Bhattal besides Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and Baldev Singh Mann etc.
The district is having six assembly segment’s i.e. Sangrur, Sunam, Amargarh, Dhuri, Malerkotla and Dirba (reserved for the Scheduled Castes).Political activity has flared up the temperature in district as 2017, assembly polls are approaching.
Some big leaders from Congress and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) have started looking for safer assembly seats as they stare tough competition in sight. Punjab Finance Minister, Parminder Singh Dhindsa representing Sunam assembly seat has already shifted to Lehragaga assembly seat and former Chief Minister, and the Senior Congress leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal is also likely to shift from Lehragaga to Sunam. Meanwhile SAD MLA from Malerkotla, F Nesara Khatoon announced not to contest the assembly elections.
As far as Sangrur assembly seat is concerned in 2012 ruling Shiromani Akali Dal’s candidate Parkash Chand Garg won this seat by a margin of 4645 votes by defeating Congress candidate Surinder Pal Singh Sibia.
During 2014,Lok Sabha polls this seat gave Aam Aadami Party candidate, Bhagwant Mann a lead of 22,574 votes against Congress candidate, Vijayinder Singla.
In present scenario Congress is also planning to field a Hindu candidate from here as it wants to counter SAD’s Hindu plank as again this seat is heading to see a tough fight due to AAP.
As far as Sunam assembly seat is concerned it is also heading to face a very tough contest as Aman Arora after leaving Congress joined AAP and is going to keep his rivals on toes. Keeping in view of the factor Punjab Finance Minitser, Parminder Singh Dhindsa has shifted his constituency.
On the other hand in Amargarh assembly SAD candidate Iqbal Singh Jhundan defeated his nearest rival of Congress Surjit Singh Dhiman. At that time candidate of Peoples Party of Punjab (PPP) spolied the party. Again this seat is heading to witness a very tough contest.
Whereas at Dhuri SAD is in favourable position at present. In 2012, Congress candidate Arvind Khanna won this seat by defeating his nearest arch rival of SAD, Gobind Singh Longowal but the things changed soon and Arvind Khanna resigned thus inviting by poll on the seat.
During by poll SAD gave ticket to Gobind Singh Longowal who defeated Congress candidate with a margin of 37,501 votes.
In Dirba (reserved) SAD’s Sant Balvir Singh Ghunas won the seat by a margin of 6874 votes by defeating Ajaib Singh of Congress.
While in Muslim dominated Malerkotla, SAD Candidate F Nesara Khatoon has announced not to contest the coming assembly elections. This gives an edge to Congress which was defeated in last election in a multi cornored contest as 10 candidates were in poll fray at that time.
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