Other Than Poll Victories, Badals Have Nothing Much To Show

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CHANDIGARH – While the first year of the second successive term of the SAD-BJP government proved to be a year of victories on the electoral front, it was full of disappointments on the fiscal, law and order and certain other areas.

The SAD-BJP government, which was formed in March last year and completed its first year today, began with a win in the municipal elections. It later won the Dasuya byelection, which was followed by a thumping win in the Moga byelection. The SAD also registered an impressive win in the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) elections.

However, the success on the electoral front was eclipsed on the political front. First, it was Bibi Jagir Kaur who had to quit the cabinet following her conviction in a criminal case. Some months later, another cabinet minister Tota Singh had to resign following his conviction in a case of misuse of official position.

Another minister Gulzar Singh Ranike had to resign after a controversy broke out regarding a fraud in the utilisation of grants in certain parts of the border belt. He, however, staged a comeback in the cabinet recently.

On the law and order front, the SAD-BJP government remained on the defensive right from the beginning of its second term. First, it was the Faridkot abduction case that almost rocked the government. It provided enough ammunition to the Opposition to attack the government. Killing of an Assistant Sub-Inspector in broad daylight in Amritsar further pushed the government on the back foot.