Less than an hour after Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana, and asked all the MPs to select a village to develop it as a model village with people's participation, Aam Aadmi Party MP from Sangrur Bhagwant Mann condemned the initiative saying that development of only 543 villages every year would be a mockery with people living in rural areas of the country.
"The new scheme calling the MPs to adopt and develop a village every year, is like the PM giving Iodex to a cancer patient", said Mann talking to the Hindustan Times.
When asked whether you will adopt a village of your constituency, he said, "AAP has already adopted all the 12,500 villages of Punjab, and we are working to ensure all basic facilities to the people of Punjab."
"There are nine assembly segments in my constituency, if I adopt a village for development, it will be injustice with the others, I have decided to spend my Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLAD) fund to install RO systems, setting up of gyms and constructing toilets for girls in schools," he added.
Mann said that it is ironical that villagers in Punjab do not have safe water to drink, hospitals, schools and proper roads.
"The idea of Adarsh village is not new, several politicians had announced this earlier too, but nothing had happened. I would request the PM to take steps for providing safe drinking water, constructing hospitals and schools in villages," he added.
On former BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu's attack on SAD leaders in poll-bound Haryana, Mann said, "If Sidhu and his party were really feeling backstabbed by the SAD, the BJP should withdraw its support to the SAD government in Punjab, immediately."
"To woo Sikh voters of Haryana, Sidhu is accusing SAD leaders of beating and looting the people of Punjab. If he knows the reality of Badals, why doesn't he ask his party to snap the alliance in Punjab," he added.