Dera Baba Nanak MLA and Gurdaspur district Congress committee president Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa on Saturday indulged in some plain speaking about the not-so-good reputation of politicians cutting across the political divide.
Speaking at a function held to pay homage to Usha Prem Bakshi, founder of Happy School and St Mary's Senior Secondary School in Gurdaspur on her 7th death anniversary here, Randhawa narrated a personal experience.
The Congress leader said that when he was elected as an MLA for the first time, one of his relatives asked his daughter if she had told her schoolmates that her father was a legislator. When she replied in the negative and the relative asked her the reason, she quipped, "The simple fact is that all MLAs are thieves."
The Congress MLA said that he still remembered and valued her statement since "she had stated the truth".
He said that society could automatically be reformed if the political leaders reformed themselves.
He also "advised" school joint management committee chairman Kanwal Bakshi, a Christian leader of the Congress, never to invite a political leader as a chief guest to his school functions since the politician would not be able to teach anything good to the students who might have the knowledge that the public representative was corrupt.
Randhawa however lauded Bakshi for observing the death anniversary of his mother every year. Paying rich tributes to Usha Prem Bakshi, the Congress MLA said that she had set landmarks in academic spheres by successfully running both the schools.
The DCC president hoped that Kanwal Bakshi would take these institutions to greater heights with his dedication and sincerity to the cause of promoting education in society. Social activists Dr Surinder Kaur Pannu, Surinder Sharma and others also paid tributes to Usha.