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Constituency priorities first, family’s comes after that: Balbir Sidhu

Mohali : “From the past over 25 years I have been connected directly with the people of Mohali constituency. For me my constituency is everything. My own family priorities come after my constituency priorities and I enjoy serving my constituency people.”

While stating this here on Friday, former Punjab Minister and Mohali Congress nominee Balbir Singh Sidhu said that he is fighting election for 6th time this time. Usually after the first or second elections one has to face an anti-incumbency factor. But in his case it’s the love and affection of his constituency people that every time he fights the election his vote share increases from the past election.
“In 1997 when I fought the election for the first time, I lost it because of a sympathy wave to the opposition due to an unfortunate event. In 2002 I fought as an Independent and my vote share increased manifold but lost the poll with a narrow margin. In 2007 I defeated the late Capt. Kanwaljit Singh’s son with the margin of around 14000 votes.

In 2012 I defeated Balwant Singh Ramoowalia with around 17000 votes and in 2017 when AAP was claiming to win 100 seats in Punjab, I defeated their candidate from Mohali with around 28000 votes. In this poll the Mohali people will ensure my win with another record margin,” Sidhu said.

“I remain with my constituency people round the clock. The doors of my home are open for everybody for 24 hours. Seeking development of my area is always remained a top priority for me,”
Sidhu said, in the past years, we have tried to ensure basic needs availability at door steps of each and every one while taking special care of aged people in my area. For aged people’s various works related to pension forms, health cards etc a bus equipped with required infrastructure and 7 members’ staff was deployed to complete all formalities at their door steps.

Even during 1st wave of COVID when panic prevailed everywhere being as Health Minister he along with my team stood strong, said Sidhu.

“We ensured proper arrangement of provisions in the households. There was a time when Punjab didn’t have arrangements for COVID testing the samples would have to be sent to Pune. We improved the system and now we have around COVID testing capacity of 1-lakh,”

The Punjab Model to tackle COVID crisis was praised by the PM and even Canada Parliament also appreciated it, Sidhu maintained.

DP Bureau
Author: DP Bureau

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