Congress bastion’s two-time MP was United Front PM for 11 months

JALANDHAR: Jalandhar, the constituency which used to be represented by way of very prominent politicians of the country together with a Prime Minister and a overseas affairs minister, has remained historically a Congress citadel. It used to be breached four instances handiest when there used to be very strong sentiment in opposition to the Congress and the opposition got united.

At the similar time, it played a the most important function in saving Shiromani Akali Dal in 2017 meeting polls. When the celebration used to be routed around the state and may just win just 15 of the full 117 seats, it retained four of the nine meeting segments in Jalandhar. But, after the demise of former SAD minister Ajit Singh Kohar, who gained from Shahkot in 2017, additionally a standard SAD stronghold, this seat used to be additionally misplaced to the Congress in a byelection and now the ruling celebration holds six meeting segments.

Late Swaran Singh, who remained a overseas minister and is remembered for his diplomatic talents, gained the seat for four consecutive phrases after his first victory in 1957 and then misplaced in 1977 during strong anti-emergency wave. Later, Inder Kumar Gujral gained the seat as Janta Dal candidate in 1989 and was a minister within the V P Singh executive. In 1996, Darbara Singh gained the seat on SAD ticket and Gujral again gained in 1998, when he contested as Prime Minister and gained the election and represented it till 1999, when the constituency again went to the Congress. Since then it has remained with the Congress. Gujral’s son Naresh Gujral misplaced in 2004. Even as the Congress misplaced meeting elections in 2007 and 2012, it retained the seat in 2009 and 2014 polls.

Jalandhar has additionally remained central to Dalit politics within the state. In 1951, B R Ambedkar addressed a mammoth accumulating here.

Jalandhar additionally has largest raw hide marketplace – Buta Mandi - in northern India, after Kanpur. This marketplace is now round a century previous. Though it all the time remained a thriving hub of commercial but in the previous couple of years the marketplace sentiment went south because of prevailing conditions and controversies because of cow vigilantism.

The villages near Jalandhar Cantt have produced several Olympian and international hockey players. Village Sansarpur is referred to as nursery of hockey within the nation. Hub of vernacular media in Punjab, Jalandhar used to be additionally epicentre of propaganda in opposition to Punjabi language in 1951 and 1961 census, which propounded the concept mom tongue used to be related to faith than region and laid the root of communal fault traces in politics of Punjab and had lasting unfavorable impact on politics of the state.

In the previous couple of years, it has additionally turn into the centre for pro-Punjabi motion and yearly Punjabi Jagriti March is taken out on International Mother Languages Day on February 21. With participation of teams and folks from across communities it seeks to undo the divisive time table of linking mom tongue with faith. The constituency is represented by way of Chaudhary Santokh Singh.
Congress bastion’s two-time MP was United Front PM for 11 months Congress bastion’s two-time MP was United Front PM for 11 months Reviewed by kailash soni on February 13, 2019 Rating: 5
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