India: MLA report card — Charanjit Kaur Bajwa from Qadian, Punjab


By Harkirat Singh and Aseem Bassi | Hindustan Times
Posted October 23, 2016

Charanjit Kaur Bajwa, 58, Congress

Constituency: Qadian
Education: Graduate
Assets declared in last polls: Rs 17.9 cr
Electoral record
2012: Defeated Sewa Singh Sekhwan of the SAD by a margin of 16,156 votes
2007: She did not contest; Lakhbir Singh Lodhinangal of SAD won this seat
Assembly record:
Questions asked: 47
Call attention moved: 0

Power punch: Wife of RS MP and state Cong ex-chief Partap Bajwa
What next: She or her son would contest; Partap Bajwa to decide

How she performed

Being a Congress MLA, she could not manage to bring any major development project from the state government for her constituency. Her only help came from the MPLAD fund of her husband Partap Singh Bajwa who was Lok Sabha MP from Gurdaspur till 2014 and is now in the Rajya Sabha. As Gurdaspur district Congress committee was dominated by those opposed to her husband, she kept away from protests that party colleagues organised at the district level. However, she did protest, through a letter to the CM, about working of the Akali halqa in-charge Sewa Singh Sekhwan and distribution of funds. She complained about not being invited to government functions where again Sekhwan, whom she had defeated, was given prominence.

By the way: Runs NGO and projects for women

“Whatever development took place was done by the SAD and its halqa in-charge Sewa Singh Sekhwan (whom Charanjit had defeated). She was rarely seen in the area,” Sangram Chaudhary, 30, rice miller, said.

“She was never in touch with voters. Now, Congress leaders are coming here after lying low for four years. The constituency lacks basic infrastructure and facilities of health,” Jagandeep Singh, 28, businessman, said.


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