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Ignoring Rai Sikh community's Lok Sabha candidate in Ferozepur could cost Shiromani Akali Dal
The schedule for Lok Sabha-2014 elections has been announced today. However, the major political parties have not yet disclosed their cards on who they are fielding in Punjab's Ferozepur constituency.

A unique geographical condition of Ferozepur Lok Sabha constituency has vote bank of different communities and the lion's share of vote bank is of Rai Sikh community and the political concept of this community is confined only to their own candidate as they don't have any inclination towards any other political party.

Ferozepur has nine Assembly segments and the present MP is Sher Singh Ghubaya who entered in Lok Sabha in 2009 as representative of Rai Sikh Community. While practically, it is not possible for MP to visit each and every corner of the 9 segment Assembly constituency but the rivals blame him for his inaccessibility and unfair in distribution of funds for development irrespective of any particular group of people.

The history of Rai Sikh community proves that whosoever has been given the ticket has won like Lachhman Singh of Congress, Sazawar Singh, Comrade Mehtab Singh and Manga Singh and when BSP had alliance with Akali, Mohan Singh Phallianwala BSP candidate won from here.

When the ticket was given to Sher Singh Ghbaya, he won two times as MLA and for the third time he became MP. However, during 2002 elections, had Mohan Singh Phallianwala not contested, the entire vote back must have been in favour of Sher Singh. In this triangular fight, the Congress candidate Hans Raj Jossan got the chance to win.

Presently, there are about 12 lakh voters and one-third of vote is of Rai Sikh community and it has record of 98 per cent vote casting. There is no suitable candidate with the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in comparison to Sher Singh Ghubaya who could represent Rai Sikh Community. In case, Sher Singh Ghubaya is not given the ticket this time, there are possibilities that the community verdict may go against Akalis.

In fact, this community decides to cast vote for the particular candidate overnight and the outcome goes in favour of the community. It is not in the case of Lok Sabha seat only, it has its impact on three other Assembly seats also.

In case no political importance is given to this community by SAD, a lion's share of vote bank is likely to be lost. Sukhbir Singh Badal, President, SAD should not forget that he had won assembly seat two times on the strength of vote bank of Rai Sikh community rather with a huge margin in the state.

Now the Rai Sikh community feels that in case Sher Singh Ghubaya is ignored, there will be no representative of the community and doors to the Parliament stands closed to raise voice of the community. Whosoever party has loved this community, has formed its government in Punjab because it leaves its impression on 18 Assembly seats also.


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