The Shahkot constituency, earlier Lohian Khas, is considered to be a stronghold of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) as its candidates have been elected from here for the past 15 years. However, it still remains one of the most backward constituencies in the district.
The issues concerning the town include lack of higher education facilities, poor sanitation, dilapidated roads, unemployment, waterlogging and failure of successive governments to upgrade the century-old government school despite tall promises by politicians.
Drug trade and illegal liquor distilleries in the villages near the Satluj are bane of the constituency.
In Baopur village, people involved in the drug trade are also running illicit liquor distilleries right under the noose of police authorities. Police officials also admit that illicit liquor trade is at its peak in villages.
A locality near the main market in Shahkot is famous of selling country-made liquor and drugs. People are often seen fuddling on roads. However, police officials hardly dare to take action against liquor vendors.
Lack of proper sewerage system is also one of the most concerning issues in the constituency. The sewerage pipes often choke
leading to sludge on roads. Recently, sewage water got accumulated on the National Highway-703 leading to waterlogging. Many commuters even got injured on the road and vehicles got struck.
A few months ago, the Rs 15 crore sewerage project was inaugurated by local MLA and Revenue Minister Ajit Singh Kohar. Soon
after the project, credit war began between the SAD and the Congress. The SAD tried to take credit for the project, Congress leader CD Singh Kamboj claimed that it was a Centre-sponsored project.
The town is also lacking in education facilities as there is no higher education institution of the government.
Another issue is of the local grain market. Recently, the produce of farmers was damaged during rains. Though the site for
the new ‘mandi’ has been allocated, nothing has been done to date.
Col CD Singh Kamboj, who was defeated by three-time MLA Ajit Singh Kohar, has again been given a chance by the party high
command. Earlier, three Congress rebels, including former Home Minister Brij Bhupinder Singh Kang, Lalli, Rajanbir and Laddi Sherowalia, unhappy over the ticket allotment to Kamboj, threatened the party to launch their independent candidate. However, now the trio have joined hands with Kamboj.
The SAD candidate Kohar, a three-time MLA from the constituency is likely to face the anti -incumbency factor.
Another candidate from the Peoples Party of Punjab Dr Navjot Singh Dahia is also creating a strong base in the constituency.
- Number of voters: 1,54,255
- Male: 89,242
- Female: 75,013
- Polling booths: 211
- Sensitive: 64
- Critical: 65
- Kohar defeated Kamboj in 2007, Brij Bhupinder Singh Kang in 2002 and
Chaudhari Darshan Singh in 1997. All three were Congress candidates.
- The main contest is between the Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal
- Post delimitation, Mehtpur, earlier in Nurmahal constituency, has been
included in the Shahkot constituency.