First MP for Samana constituency in Patiala, Chetan Singh Jouramajra, 55, was inducted into the Punjab cabinet on Monday.
Jouramajra is the founding member of AAP in Punjab. He had previously been part of Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption movement and that’s how, according to party sources, he came into contact with AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal.
In March 2019, Jouramajra made headlines when he was shot dead by unidentified men trying to kidnap a girl in Tarn Taran. Jouramajra had foiled this abduction attempt, but his inspiring act came at a price. He was shot in the neck by the “kidnappers” and it took him about eight months to recover.
He had also asked for an AAP ticket in Samana during the Punjab Vidhan Sabha polls in 2017, but was refused.
While Jouramajra was named chairman of the rural Patiala wing of the AAP in 2020, in his electoral debut earlier this year he defeated SAD heavyweight candidate Surjit Singh Rakhra by a massive margin of 39. 713 votes in the State Assembly polls. Incumbent MP Rajinder Singh has been pushed back to third place in the polls.
A Class XII swoon and a farmer by profession, Jouramajra had declared assets and liabilities worth Rs 1.22 crore and Rs 6 lakh, respectively, in the election affidavit.
Although Monday was a big day for Jouramajra, some in his constituency were surprised by his place in cabinet. They say the MP was not accessible to them in person or by phone after his election victory.
“We are shocked by his induction into the Punjab Cabinet. What skills does he possess to enjoy this privilege? He has changed a lot after his election victory. We hope he will become an ‘Aam Aadmi’ again,” a voter in his constituency.