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Posted at: May 12, 2018, 12:03 AM; last updated: May 12, 2018, 12:03 AM (IST)KNOW TOUR MLA

Bharmour MLA for development of hydropower projects

Jia Lal’s winning card is he stays in touch with electorates

Balkrishan Prashar

Raised from the ranks, Bharmour MLA Jia Lal Kapoor is keen to ensure inclusive development of the Bharmour constituency, which is rugged and inaccessible. 

Even though his father remained the panchayat pradhan of Bharmour for almost 35 years, Jiya Lal remained active in the BJP’s youth wing, the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, before he was given the party ticket for the Assembly in 2012. 

Born on November 8, 1964, he did his matriculation from Government High School, Bharmour. He hails from an ordinary family and is a self-made man, who gradually rose in politics. Jiya Lal joined the BJP in1983 while working as a ‘beldar’ in the Himachal Pradesh Public Works Department (PWD).

It was in 1995 that Jiya Lal was elected the pradhan of the gram panchayat, Bharmour, and he won the poll for the second time again.  Later, his wife Asha Rani became the pradhan and held the post from 2005 to 2010. He has held various party posts, both at the district and the state levels. In 2007, he was appointed the state president of the BJP Scheduled Tribes Morcha. 

Despite losing the 2012 Assembly elections, Jiya Lal relentlessly served the people and remained in constant touch with them. This paid dividends and he won in 2017 with an impressive margin of 7,349 votes, defeating former Forest Minister Thakur Singh Bharmouri. 

“I will work for the balanced development of both tribal and non-tribal areas and for the well being of the people of these areas,” he said. Having listed his priorities for the balanced development of both Bharmour and Pangi, he intends getting maximum possible development projects for his area. 

His priorities include strengthening the road network, especially the Holi-Utrala road and construction of a tunnel beneath the Jalsu pass to link Kangra district, construction of a multipurpose Chehni tunnel to connect Pangi tribal valley with the rest of Chamba district besides widening and improving the Pathankot-Bharmour national highway. 

He plans to give a boost to tourism and hydropower projects in the picturesque tribal region of Bharmour and Pangi.


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