Exercise your right to vote judiciously

In a democratic set up, the people are the masters. They can elect the right people only if they exercise their right to vote wisely. All the political parties have fielded candidates for the ensuing elections in Punjab. There are also independents.

With the elections just three days away, candidates including ministers and sitting legislators are begging for votes with folded hands. They humbly say that they are the people’s servants and have done extensive development work in their constituencies.

But the point is: what happened to their earlier promises to make Punjab a paradise? The people are aware of how we achieved Independence after maximum sacrifice during the freedom struggle. They are wise enough to understand the leaders of our country and the state. How many promises made by them have been fulfilled? How many facilities they have provided? How many projects were announced and executed?

Before exercising their right to vote, the people must carefully assess the merits of the candidate and vote for the right person.




The Assembly elections once again give us an opportunity to assess the performance of successive governments in the past and underscore the imperative need to cast our votes judiciously. We must necessarily vote for the right people for the all round development of the state.

Unfortunately, the track record of successive governments leaves much to be desired. Neither the Congress nor the earlier Shiromani Akali Dal- BJP governments has made any difference to the economic condition of the common man. Corruption in governance has increased and there is no development worth the name.

Price rise, unemployment, lack of civic amenities are all there and there is no effort to check these problems. Thus, the political parties’ claims to change the growth profile of the state after the ensuing elections ring hollow.

I would appeal to the voters to carefully assess each candidate’s worth before casting his/her vote. Let us elect the deserving people who will strive every nerve to develop Punjab.

SHER SINGH, Ludhiana

Fertiliser subsidy

Paying fertiliser subsidy to the manufacturer than the farmer is one of the biggest scandals in India (News-item, “Fertiliser subsidy to touch Rs 30,000 cr: Paswan”, Feb 4). Invariably, the manufacturer uses inferior chemicals and substances and often spurious ones.

As a result, a normal farmer who is generally illiterate or semiliterate gets diddled and his crop suffers from bad yields. This not only impoverishes the farmer but leaves him no option but to come under heavy debt. This is a vicious circle and ultimately leads to suicides amongst farmers.

There is a strong nexus between politicians of the Congress, the BJP and Badal Akalis and the manufacturers, as our party has found. For the last 10 years we have been going from pillar to post to have the manufacturers of spurious fertiliser booked. The Punjab Vigilance Bureau, our High Court and the Supreme Court have all been playing ducks and drakes with us. Our reports to India’s premier sleuth agency, the CBI, have met with despondency.

A subsidy of Rs 30,000 crore, with no accountability, keeps all doors tightly sealed and shut. Any report on this subject to any authority is a cul-de-sac for us. It’s a mugs game.

Even in the import of fertiliser, the politician of every hue and bureaucrat receive heavy kickbacks, in which the Bombay mafia, stationed in Dubai is

involved. This can jeopardise Indian security. The threat to India lies from within and not from its immediate neighbours or its minorities. Our party

would advocate the scrapping of subsidies to the manufacturer and giving them directly to the farmer, besides an investigation into this corrupt practice.

President, Shiromani Akali Dal
(Amritsar), Camp: Dhanola


Expand reservation network

I would appeal to the Northern Railway authorities to open one more train reservation office in Chandigarh to ease congestion at the two existing offices in Sector 17 ISBT and the one near the Railway Station. The passenger traffic has increased by leaps and bounds and the authorities should come to the rescue of hapless passengers.

One more railway booking-cum-reservation office needs to be opened in Chandigarh for the benefit of southern sectors at Sector 43 Bus Stop. This will primarily help the people of Mohali and other adjoining areas.

Meanwhile, the Railways should also try to arrange reservation through e-sampark centers. The Chandigarh Administration has decided to start registration of patients at the city’s nine e-sampark centres. This will reduce the heavy rush at the other booking offices and help people.

S.K. KHOSLA, Chandigarh



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