Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal who had pulled up senior cops for turning up late at Punjab Police headquarters three months ago, on Wednesday got the taste of his own medicine when the media boycotted his press conference at the same place for the same reason.
The media, comprising various newspapers and TV news channels, was asked to reach the police headquarters at 1pm sharp for an important announcement to be made by Sukhbir.
However, when Sukhbir failed to show up even at 2pm the media fraternity decided to walk out of the police headquarters to register a protest.
It was later learnt that Sukhbir was busy at his residence in Sector 9 attending meetings and also giving interviews to a Canada-based radio and television channel.
A senior police official, on condition of anonymity, said, “Sukhbir can never match the punctuality of his father who, even during his fifth term as chief minister, has an impeccable record of reaching venues on time. It is a gesture a politician must show to the people waiting for him that he cares for them and their time.”
On the morning of December 2 last year, Sukhbir had conducted a surprise check at the police headquarters and found majority of the top cops either arriving late or not turning up. Even DGP Sumedh Singh Saini had reached late by half an hour. Saini later said he was busy holding an important meeting at his residence. The latecomers were then reprimanded by Sukhbir for not being responsible. firstname.lastname@example.org