Sangrur MP Vijay Inder Singla on Thursday accused the SAD-BJP alliance of making false promises to the people by announcing that it would give special grants to villages which elected sarpanches unanimously, despite defaulting on the promise five years ago.
He said that as the state election commission had issued the notification for the panchayat elections, fearing public opinion against them, the SAD-BJP MLAs were repeatedly raising the issue of unanimous elections of sarpanches.
"They are trying to lure voters and indulge in a corrupt practice, which should be taken note of by the state election commission," Singla said.
He alleged that the SAD-BJP government rather than seeking votes on a positive agenda was resorting to bribery and was shying away from providing solutions to the problems of drug abuse, unemployment, and agrarian and water crisis.
He said that under the SAD regime panchayats were being used for political gains and the issues of public good had taken a backseat.
Slamming the state government for running the "liquor mafia", Singla said, "The liquor-free village resolution passed by 148 panchayats in Punjab this year had been rejected by the government at the behest of the liquor mafia."
Despite repeated requests to chief minister Parkash Singh Badal for amending Section 40 of the Punjab Panchayati Raj Act and making it mandatory for the government to accept such "liquor-free" panchayat resolutions has fallen on deaf ears," he said.