Lok Sabha Seat Faridabad: The key contest is Avtar Singh Bhadana vs Krishan Pal Gurjar
Congress has given ticket to its sitting Member of Parliament Avtar Singh Bhadana this Loksabha election. Sitting MLA from Tigaon constituency in Faridabad, Krishan Pal Gurjar has been fielded by BJP to give Bhadana a tough fight. Here I am doing a detailed analysis of their record as policymakers to help you decide a fair choice:
Krishan Pal Gurjar
Krishan Pal Gurjar is a sitting MLA from Tigaon constituency in Faridabad. He has been associated with BJP since a long time and is knows as a loyal support and worker. He is a graduate by qualification and is a couple of years younger than Avtar Singh Bhadana. He looks through Bhadana and considers him not worthy of competition this election. His manifesto includes a pledge to clean Yamuna. Besides he has also promised a university, better connectivity between NCR and railway line connecting the remote parts of Palwal.
He has been consistently opposing the toll-regime in NCR. He considers it unfair for the people to pay thrice for maintenance of roads as cess on petrol, road tax and again toll tax. He is confident that when Modi will come in power, he will deliver a special package for Haryana state to make it self-reliant.
• Can provide a fresh impetus to Faridabad’s development by taking over from an MP who has won two times consecutively.
• The anti-incumbency sentiment against Avtar Singh Bhadana is at an all-time high. Faridabad has gone younger in the past decade and may would like to vote for change.
• Highly riding on a pro-Modi wave. Little is known about his work as an MLA , even the campaign has been woven around Modi. So people who want Modi at the centre might vote him in. Faridabad-specific development seekers can go take a walk.
• He is of the same community as Mr. Bhadana and is likely to split up votes. BJP took 1.8 Lakhs Brahmin votes and about 70,000 Aggarwal votes into consideration while fielding him.
Avtar Singh Bhadana
Avtar Singh Bhadana won the Faridabad seat in 2004 and 2009 elections. During his current term (2009-2014) as Member of Parliament from Faridabad, he has an attendance record of 46% as against the national average of 76% which means on an average MPs attend 76% of the total sessions of the Loksabha and Mr. Bhadana has attended only 46% of the total sessions. He has participated in total 14 debates of the house where as the national average is 37.9. The numbers of debates that he has participated in are few and compare poorly to the national average but he has utilized those occasions to raise certain key problems of the Faridabad district. He for instance took up the question of illegal mining on the rivers passing through Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh which are leading to floods and destroying agriculture fields. He also requested in one of the debates, releasing of the funds under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna for broken roads in Faridabad. He also raised the need to utilize funds for Nahar Singh Stadium in Faridabad. On one occasion, he raised the demand for an underbridge at Sarai Khwaja, an underbridge at another location in the district and construction of roads. He also raises total 231 questions in the parliament whereas the national average is 300. The questions he asked were of varied nature including questions related to Doordarshan, Prasar Bharti, railway lines etc but he also asked Faridabad-specific questions such as the question of metro line to Faridabad and Bahadurgarh.
He has spent most his MP fund known as MP Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) on construction of streets, pathways, chaupals and community centres. In an interview he also claimed that the Badarpur metro was a fruit of his efforts. His rival this election, Krishan Pal Gurjar has however held him responsible for the delay in the extension of metro to Faridabad.
• Enjoys public support. Won last election with 41% votes.
• Has been a four-time MP, representing Faridabad three times in the Lok Sabha, well versed with the problems of the constituency.
• Has considerable support from a single community, his own. Promoting politics of casteism.
• Not efficient in utilizing his MP fund. For instance in 2009-10 only Rs. 12,00,000 were spent of the total Rs. 2 crores.
• Is not active as a parliamentarian. Attendance and debates show that he can do better.