No development, no vote: Sansarpur village calls for boycott of Pargat Singh : The Tribune India

Tribune press service

Avneet Kaur

Jalandhar, January 31

The village of Sansarpur, located in the constituency of Jalandhar Cantonment, holds a very special place in the history of the sport. Few know this tiny village has produced as many as 14 Olympians – nine have played for India, four for Kenya and one for Canada – and all belong to the same street here.

Furthermore, it has also produced more than 300 international and national level hockey players for the country. But current and past governments have done little to revive the lost glory of the village and to motivate the current generation to embrace sport as a profession.

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“After every five years candidates come and make false promises to build schools, roads and stadiums here, then after winning the elections they just ignore us and our demands,” Azaad Singh said. , whose 28-year-old son died of drug addiction about 10 years ago. He said this time they were a bit more hurt because the former Olympian, himself associated with the sport the village is popular for, did nothing.

He added that it was not just him, but that 80% of the village had decided to boycott the incumbent MP when almost a decade had passed under his leadership, but no major developments had taken place. place.

Speaking to Jalandhar Tribune, Sonu Gill, the village sarpanch said, “If only NRIs have to work for our village, then what was the need of the MP or any government.” He said the threat of drugs and unemployment were the main reasons for the village’s downfall in Indian hockey, but what did the government do, he asked.

He added that the residents, for the last two terms, have supported the former Olympian thinking he is athletic, he understands our needs, but to no avail.

Another panchayat member, Paramjeet Singh, said, “No government official and MP has visited the village once in the last five years. The last time we saw him was in 2017, when he came to campaign. He further said that they had recently put lockdown tiles on many streets and all the expenses for this had been funded by residents and NRIs.

Shedding light on the main problems of the village, residents said that drugs, bad roads, lack of proper schools, stray livestock and waste management have been the main problems for residents here for a long time.

They also alleged that not a single penny has been spent on the village in the past five years, and the little development seen in the village is entirely due to the NRIs.

Another resident, Brijinder Kaur, said that looking at the state of the village, which had given great sportsmen to the country, no one here is ready to vote for Congress. She further stated that after getting written assurance from the other candidates, they will decide who they will support.

Meanwhile, Education and Sports Minister Pargat Singh said Rs 70 crore had been sanctioned for the development of 11 villages including Sansarpur and the road construction tender , laying of sewers, etc. had been passed, but that work had been delayed due to Covid.

Asked about the boycott and the locals’ resentment against him, he said there was no such thing among the locals and it was all politically motivated. He said he agrees that construction works have been delayed and roads in many areas due to sewerage works are being dug up and residents are facing inconvenience, but the works will be completed very soon.

He added that Sansarpur was the first village in his constituency to get an AstroTurf in the local stadium. “People in the village have seen my work, and I’m sure I’ll win again from here with an overwhelming majority.”

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