Badals have no car, only tractors

Badals have no car, only tractors

Badals have no car, only tractors

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son and deputy Sukhbir Badal do not own a car, instead they own three tractors. Sukhbir Badal is among the top five wealthiest candidates in fray for the upcoming Assembly polls in Punjab with a declared total asset of Rs 102 crore.

The Punjab Assembly elections have shown just how many politicians have a fondness for tractors and luxury cars. Some, like Congress candidate Navjot Singh Sidhu, appear to have an uncanny liking for high-end watches. His poll affidavit, filed on Wednesday, says Sidhu has watches worth a whopping Rs 44 lakh. He and his wife have a fancy for luxury cars, too. The couple own half a dozen luxury cars, including Sidhu’s high-end Mini Cooper, valued at Rs 26 lakh, and two Land Cruisers.

Congress candidate Manpreet Singh Badal from Bathinda Urban owns a fleet of 9 vehicles, including luxury SUVs, two tractors, three jeeps and a jonga. Even as the assets of Parkash Singh Badal have nearly doubled in the last five years, he prefers not to own a car. He owns a Tafe tractor. His son Sukhbir does not own a car either, but has two tractors, a Massy and a New Holland.

Owning a tractor is considered a status symbol and a style statement in Punjab. There are roughly 10 lakh farming families in Punjab and nearly 5.5 lakh tractors, which makes a tractor in every second household in the state.

Punjab accounts for just 1.6% of the total agricultural land in the country but its farmers own nearly 18% of all the tractors sold in India.

Liquor baron Shiv Lal Doda, who is contesting as an independent candidate and is lodged in jail in connection with the murder of a Dalit youth, has declared he has a BMW, a Mercedes Benz and other vehicles worth Rs 1.7 crore. Sukhpal Singh Khera of the AAP has a fleet of four vehicles, including a Freelander priced at Rs 37 lakh. Capt Amarinder Singh has two cars including an SUV.