Punjab Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa on Saturday complimented food and civil supplies minister Adesh Partap Singh Kairon for "sticking to principles" during the recent cabinet meeting, opposing the appointment of so many media advisers and imposing of advance tax on import of goods.
Bajwa said while Kairon had shown his mettle, the BJP ministers present at the meeting behaved like "bonded labour" of the Badals.
He said none of the five BJP ministers questioned chief minister Paraksh Singh Badal and finance minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa on the advance tax, an alternative to the entry tax. The Punjab and Haryana high court had already stayed the collection of the entry tax, he said.
Bajwa said the appointment of so many media advisers and hiring film stars as brand ambassadors and a top-end public relations company to portray a rosy picture of the otherwise "corrupt and inefficient" SAD-BJP government were signs of desperation in deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal and public relations minister Bikram Majithia.
"I fail to understand what Sukhbir wishes to show the world by projecting film stars like Katrina Kaif, Kareena Kapoor and Akshay Kumar as brand ambassadors of Punjab," he said.
Bajwa said Sukhbir's fantasies were so absurd that he wouldn't be surprised if Sukhbir soon announced taking the services of 'Spiderman' for a fast delivery of services.
He said while a team of over two dozen public relations officers was in place, it seemed Majithia was not competent and lacked confidence. "Too many cooks spoil the broth," Bajwa reminded Badal.