Ludhiana: The Ludhiana (Central) seat has become a question of prestige for both the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress contenders as state Health Minister Satpal Gosain (BJP) and Surinder Dabar of Congress are facing each other for the third time.

While Satpal Gosain is a well known face of BJP, Surinder Dabar is a good strategist.

In 2002 elections, Dabar had defeated Gosain by 13,249 votes. However, Gosain sought his revenge by beating Dabar with a difference of 1,782 votes during 2007 polls.

Gosain is supported by the collective strength of BJP and Dabar has also strengthened his position by winning over his competitors.

Gosain is highlighting the achievements of BJP-Akali government and is targeting Congress over corruption, whereas Dabar is accusing Gosain of blocking development and supporting rampant corruption in the state government.

Though both the contenders are posing strong and making promises for the development of the constituency, there is still no clear indication of support for them in the area. However, the major problem of covering dirty drains and water logging remains unattended in the area. 

Total voters: 1,33,062
Men: 71,077
Women: 61,985

Surinder Dabar:
Strength: Winning over enemies
Weakness: Believes others quickly
Challenge: Tough competitor
Opportunity: Protecting public from corrupt representatives

Satpal Gosain:
Strength: Good relations with people
Weakness: Emotional
Challenge: Maintaining rate of development
Opportunity: Completing pending tasks if elected

(Agencies)