Doaba, which is the smallest of the state’s three regions and accounts for 23 of Vidhan Sabha’s total 117 seats, is politically crucial for any party aspiring to power in the state.
Doaba also has the highest proportion of the Dalit population not only in Punjab. but all over the country. But in the last four and a half years of Congress rule, no Dalit MP has ever found representation in the Punjab cabinet since Doaba, even though the cabinet has been reshuffled three times.
Three Dalit ministers were sworn in under the new Cabinet on Sunday, none of them from Doaba. While the Punjab has 31.9% Dalit (according to the 2011 census), the Doaba region has 38% Dalit.
In Captain Amarinder Singh’s cabinet, which was formed in 2017, there were two ministers from the Doaba region – Rana Gurjeet Singh from Kapurthala and Sunder Sham Arora from Hoshiarpur – neither was Dalit. . When Rana Gurjeet Singh was let loose in January 2018, after her name appeared in the infamous sand mining contract scam, the people of Doaba were hoping the captain would compensate and include another minister from the region, preferably. a Dalit, when he would expand his cabinet later in April 2018. However, that was not to be the case.
On Sunday, the new CM Channi chose three ministers from Doaba – Pargat Singh and Rana Gurjeet Singh (both in the general category) and Sangat Singh Gilzian, who belongs to the Backward class.
In the Doaba region, there are eight reserved constituencies out of a total of 23. Of the region’s eight reserve seats, five are represented by congressmen, all first-time winners, effectively reducing their chances. to do. to the new Cabinet.