Dr Sidhu takes Valtoha to task, asks Badals to quit

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Nov 15, 2014 13:58 IST

Hitting back at senior Akali leader Virsa Singh Valtoha over demanding her resignation, chief parliamentary secretary (CPS) Navjot Kaur Sidhu on Friday sought the resignation of deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal for “not keeping his promises” made to the people of Amritsar (east) constituency.

Though the BJP MLA also demanded the resignation of Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, his main target was Sukhbir Badal.

Talking to mediapersons on the sidelines of a function, Dr Sidhu said: “I am a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and I will definitely resign when my party asks for it. Valtoha needs not to worry about it.”

I would ask Valtoha, said Sidhu, not to divert from the real issues by getting into such debates. The deputy chief minister had promised Rs 100 crore for the development of my constituency, she said, but nothing had not been done. “My files are pending with various ministers, but nothing is being done,” she alleged.

Accusing the Badals of ignoring her constituency, Sidhu sought to know as to why the works in her constituency were not done. “The government should either release the money or come out in open and say that they will not allow any development to take place in my constituency,” said Sidhu.

Asking Sukhbir and the CM to resign, the CPS said the government had been claiming of having surplus money even as various development works were hanging fire.

“If the CM has so much money to carry out his Sangat Darshan tours, why doesn’t he get the promise of `100 crore fulfilled? The Badals should resign, as they are sitting on the chairs but not addressing the woes of the people,” she added.

Dr Sidhu, who had earlier demanded the post deputy CM for the BJP, said: “If Akali leaders Virsa Valtoha and Upkar Singh Sandhu are so worried about the people, they should accompany me to meet the Badals and help in getting the promised funds.”

In a letter to the CM, the CPS said, “The delay in implementation of projects in my constituency hurts me. I am a very sensitive soul, and the outburst of anger is repercussion of justice denied to the people. I will be the first to bow before you, if we can remove the miseries of the people residing in my constituency.”

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