Punjab industries minister and local member legislative assembly (MLA) Madan Mohan Mittal inaugurated an already operational school and a bus stand at Anandpur Sahib on Monday, sparking a controversy, with Congress condemning the move.
Mittal had inaugurated the bus stand and Government Adarsh School built at a cost of Rs 4.8 crore and Rs 4.7 crore respectively in Anandpur Sahib in 2011.
Former Nangal MLA Rana KP Singh criticised Mittal for the inaugurating projects which have been operational since 2011. He alleged that Mittal had inaugurated old projects to gain political mileage keeping in view the ensuing municipal council elections.
Rana said the school and bus stand were built with the funds provided by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government seven years ago with the efforts of the then union minister Ambika Soni.
"Is is unethical on Mittal's part to inaugurate and claim credit for old projects built with the funds provided by the UPA government," Rana said.
He also alleged bungling in the funds provided by the UPA government for the development of Anandpur Sahib, adding that Mittal had done nothing in the last three years for the development of the town.
Reacting sharply to Rana KP Singh's allegations Madan Mohan Mittal accused him of indulging in negative politics. Mittal claimed both the buildings to have been constructed by state government's public works department during SAD-BJP regime.
Being a minister in the state government and a local MLA, he claimed to have every right to inaugurate the buildings. "It doesn't matter when the inauguration was done", he said.
Mittal said Rana could have objected to the inauguration if the buildings were constructed during Congress rule and suggested him to first set his own party's house in order before making baseless accusations against him.