Chandigarh 18th January:- Congress candidate Balbir Sidhu filed his nomination papers in the presence of Returning Officer-cum-SDM Anuprita Johal at the District Administrative Complex here this morning. Sidhu's son Kanwarbir Singh Sidhu is the covering candidate for him.
Balbir Sidhu was accompanied by his wife Daljit Kaur Sidhu, Jatinder Kaur Sidhu wife of his younger brother, Amarjeet Singh Sidhu, his daughter-in-law Eknoor Sidhu , Rishab Jain, senior deputy mayor, Mohali MC and Rajinder Singh Rana, ex-mayor of Mohali MC.
Balbir Sidhu is eyeing his second straight victory from Mohali assembly seat. In last election in 2012, he had won with the margin of 17000 votes. This time too, he is not only confident to win but win with the more margins. He was also elected MLA during 2007 election from Kharar constituency.
Later addressing a massive rally at Dusshera ground at phase 8 here, Balbir Sidhu vowed to turn Mohali into a modern city. Over 10,000 party supporters attended the rally.
Balbir Sidhu assured to upgrade local civil hospital besides opening a girls’ college in Mohali. Talking about much hyped newly opened bus stand in Mohali, he said that the faulty location of bus stand is putting people to a great inconvenience. It has failed to serve the desired benefits to people due to its outer location from town. He further said that if Congress voted to power, we will provide affordable electricity at Rs. 5 per unit and subsidized water and sewerage. Taking abut free housing for all houseless SCs, Balbir Sidhu said that we will ensure endowment of greater resources by giving free houses or 5-marla plots with financial assistance of Rs. one lakh to eligible hopeless SCs.
The famous industrial clusters of state including Mohali are today moribund because of SAD-BJP government apathy towards industry. As a result, the industrial development in the state has become stagnant with no creation of jobs for the state youngsters.
Balbir Sidhu said that we will also aggressively pursue prominent global and domestic investors to set up unit in Punjab in general and in Mohali particular. The Congress government will end drug mafia, mining mafia, liquor mafia, land mafia, cable mafia, transport mafia and lottery mafia in Punjab.
The government will provide one job for each family under its program ‘Ghar Ghar Rozgar’ while ensuring employment in a time bound manner.
He said that for farmers who have remained at loggerhead during SAD-BJP regime , the Congress govt in addition to debt relive will provide continue free power, direct transfer of subsides, full input tax waiver for agro and food processing industries, introduction of farmers pension scheme by raising ex-gratia payment to Rs. 10-lakh for families affected by suicide , raising crop compensation to Rs. 20000 per acre, provision of health , life and plot based insurance.
Speaking during occasion, former Railway Minister, Pawan Kumar Bansal said that only Congress can bring back Punjab on the development path.
Among others, Davinder Singh Babla a councilor from Chandigarh MC, Rishab Jain, Rajinder Singh Rana and Amrik Singh Somal, councilor Mohali MC were presented during occasion.