Balbir Singh Jadla

Balbir Singh Jadla is not a newcomer to the politics of struggle. He is also the Communist Party of India (Marxist) candidate for the Anandpur Sahib Parliamentary seat. The 62 year old Vice-President of the Punjab Kisan Sabha, Jadla plunged himself early on in the democratic struggle as a student. A matriculate, circumstances were such that he couldn’t complete his education but that was not an impediment to his steadfast commitment to people’s problems. He actively involved himself in student and youth politics, where for a brief while he worked on the youth front between 1977 to 1980. Since 1981, he has been in the Kisan Sabha. A Party member since 1979, Jadla like any other Communist did not hesitate to take on the government on various issues. In 1995, he had to remain underground. He led an agitation in the infamous Sandeep Sethi murder case involving an influential person and got him arrested. Known for his sustained agitations in the Kandi area, he was packed off to Burail Jail in Chandigarh for 25 days while spearheading an agitation for the rehabilitation of flood victims. He spent another 18 days in a Ludhiana jail. His struggle against the land mafia led to a false case of 'attempt to murder' being registered against him. Habituated to this kind of harassment, Jadla fought it out for 14 years leading to his acquittal in 2009.

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