Jalandhar: A leading name for highest literacy rate in Punjab, Hoshiapur district in Doaba belt has not only produced some of the leading personalities in all walks of life but also shaped the fortunes of many political leaders in different elections.
Hoshiarpur a reserve parliamentary seat is led by around 32 per cent Dalit votes, which include Ravidassia and Valmiki community.
A big chunk of vote share is with the Ravidassias while the general assembly seats are the face of strong Rajput, Brahmin, Baniya and Jatt Sikh votes. On the other hand, Kandi belt of Hoshiarpur has considerable backward castes in this part of the region.
Popular as a strong Congress bastion, Hoshiarpur voters changed the trend during 2014 Lok Sabha elections by electing greenhorn BJP leader Vijay Sampla from this seat. Sampla, who is Union Minister of State for Social Justice cum Empowerment and Punjab BJP chief had defeated senior Congress leader Mohinder Singh Kaypee.
Earlier, Hoshiarpur parliamentary seat was represented by ex- Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Santosh Chaudhary.
The Hoshiarpur district has seven assembly seats namely Hoshiarpur, Dasuya, Garhshankar, Chabbewal, Mukerian, Sham Chaurasi and Urmur. Out of these, Chabbewal and Sham Chaurasi were reserve assembly seats.
Till date among the key parties, Aam Admi Party (AAP) has taken the lead in announcing candidates for all the seven seats. SAD has announced candidates on three seats i.e. Urmur, Chabbewal and Garhshankar while Sham Chaurasi represented by SAD MLA Mohinder Kaur Josh was kept on hold.
As per seat sharing formula, BJP has three seats namely Dasuya represented by its MLA Sukhjit Kaur Shahi, Hoshiarpur and Rajnish Kumar from Mukerian was yet to announce its candidates. “BJP will announce its candidates by the end of December”, said Sampla while talking to Daily Post.
Meanwhile, for BJP-SAD, yet another feather in their kitty is winning the maiden Municipal Corporation (MC) elections. BJP leader Shiv Sud became the first mayor of the Hoshiarpur civic
Recently, SAD released its first list of candidates and fielded Arvinder Singh Rasoolpur from Urmur, sitting MLA Sohan Singh Thandal from Chabbewal and Surinder Singh Bhullewal Rathan from Garhshankar assembly constituency.
SAD is yet to take a final call on Sham Chaurasi (reserve) seat, where sitting MLA Mohinder Kaur Josh is facing stiff opposition from within the party. Recently, a section of SAD leaders held a protest against Josh, claiming that the she was running a parallel government in her constituency and even the local residents were not happy with her conduct.
On the other hand, AAP took the lead in announcing all its candidates for the seven assembly seats of Hoshiarpur. These include Raman Kumar from Chabbewal, Balbir Kaur Phull from Dasuya, Jai Kishan Singh Rodi from Garhshankar, Jasvir Singh Gill from Urmur, Sulakhan Singh Jaggi from Mukerian, Dr Ravjot Singh from Sham Chaurasi, Paramjit Sachdev, an ex -NRI from Hoshiarpur
Notably, Yamini Gomer, who contested the Lok Sabha election 2014 from Hoshiarpur parliamentary seat, was the frontrunner for Sham Chaurasi (reserve) constituency. But, following allegations of bungling of funds, she was dropped from the race.
Meanwhile, BSP has also announced just one candidate from Chabbewal (reserve) Gurlal Saila. Party is expected to announce other candidates by end of November.
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