Amidst criticism from Congress MP Vijay Inder Singla that Sukhbir Badal is taking credit for centrally-sponsored schemes, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Friday inaugurated a sewerage treatment plant for Sangrur at a cost of Rs 80 crore, out of which Rs 52 crore will be paid by the government of India.
"This is the culture of the Congress, which always tries to mislead the people by making false statements. Singla has nothing to say that is why he is trying to mislead the people", said Sukhbir while addressing a gathering here.
"If according to Singla, the projects (sewerage treatment plants) were not approved by the centre, then what I am doing here? Why I am inaugurating these projects?", Sukhbir Singh Badal asked.
On Thursday, Singla held a press conference at his residence here and said that ahead of lok sabha polls, the deputy chief minister was in a hurry to lay the foundation stones for sewerage treatment plants being sponsored by the central government, even without the approval from the government of India.
Addressing the rally, SAD's lok sabha candidate from Sangrur, Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, said that the Congress MP's statement was baseless and the deputy chief minister was making regular visits to New Delhi for the approval of these projects, which was the long-pending demand of the people of Punjab.
"As the project has been approved, now the people of Sangrur will have all facilities like new roads, street lights and proper sewerage system", he added.
Further criticising the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre, Sukhbir said: "There is a need to fight another 'freedom movement' to knock out the Congress from the centre, as the country needs a decisive leader like Narendra Modi, who can provide relief from rising inflation".
PPP 'B' team of Congress :dy CM
Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal has said that People's Party of Punjab (PPP) is the 'B' team of the Congress and its chief Manpreet Badal has always worked for the victory of Congress candidates.
Replying to a question regarding the rumour about PPP's merger into the Congress, Sukhbir said, "If Manpreet joins the Congress, this will not surprise me, as his party had worked as the B team of the Congress in the past assembly election".
About the election manifesto of the SAD, he said that the manifesto would be development-oriented and it would be released soon and the party will declare its candidates for the remaining lok sabha seats shortly.