Analyzing the Shiromani Akali Dal candidate announced from Ferozepur Lok Sabha constituency – Sher Singh Ghubaya, a sitting Member of Parliament from Rai Sikh community, the challenge before him is to have equation with his own familiars especially when another contender for the same seat is actively taking part in politics for the last five years.
The main opposition party is yet to announce its candidate, for which there are too many aspirants and in that context, Sher Singh Ghubaya a joint candidate of Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) and BJP has no danger. But he could face the danger from his own party workers.
Despite the fact, no other better candidate was available with the ruling party, the only weak point seen is that he has not been accessible to the people of the constituency which has the largest geographically area of 9 Assembly segments. During the present elections too, the Malout and Muktsar of Sri Muktsar district have also been included in Ferozepur.
To woo the voters, Ghubaya has extensively toured the entire constituency and distributed the grants, laid the foundation stones apart from holding corner and meetings at the residence of prominent persons.
The rivals blame Ghubaya for his inaccessibility, when he won first time the Assembly elections in 1997 on SAD seat. Akali-BJP workers jointly worked day and night for him and he won with a record margin. In 2002, he had to do a lot of work to pursue his own party workers but has to face defeat.
In the next five years, there is also a perception that he has allegedly not been working diligently after a candidate he was promoting was denied SAD ticked in the last Assembly elections. He, however, maintained his contacts with the rural area but was cut off from Jalalabad. In 2007, when he was given ticket by the party, he made lots efforts to get favor of BJP workers with a commitment that in case he wins, they will be given due place in the party. Unfortunately, he could enjoy only two years even after winning with a record margin of 46,000 votes and created space for Sukhbir Badal by contesting as Lok Sabha candidate. But, despite having BJP’s support, he could win only with 17,000 seats only.