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Sidhu welcomes Sukhbir's 'lollipop' for city

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times   Amritsar, September 10, 2013
First Published: 19:12 IST(10/9/2013) | Last Updated: 19:14 IST(10/9/2013)

Apparently in no mood to call truce with the state government, MP Navjot Singh Sidhu though welcomed the announcement of Rs. 2,000 crore projects for Amritsar, but at the same time questioned why the state government was sleeping for the past seven years.

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“I welcome the government and its intentions to give the city of Amritsar a major facelift but want to ask that who was stopping them to do the same for the last some many years,” Sidhu said.

Talking to HT, the Amritsar MP, who recently had attacked the state government for making him feel like an 'MP in opposition and car without an engine', said, “Who had stopped the government for developing the city in the past. The government was sleeping and now this again seems a lollipop.”

Referring to deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal, Sidhu said, “I have always been like his younger brother and will always remain so. I will always stand by him. But today when the government talks about development of Amritsar, they seem to have forgotten the younger brother.”

“Be it Vidhan Sabha elections or any other issue, I have always stood with them but now they seem to have forgotten me. Matlab nikal gaya to pehchaante nahi, yun nikal gaye jaise jaante nahin,” he said.

Claiming that he was not even invited for the Tuesday's programme, Sidhu said, “It is good that the government is doing something. But there must be a time frame. We are accountable to people and we need to tell people that when these projects will be on ground.”

“The projects unveiled in the past are still to be completed. City Bus service was announced more than five years back. Multi Purpose Sports Complex was announced before the 2012 Vidhan Sabha polls. CCTV project was announced three years back. Where are they?” he questioned.

He said that the stadium project was not a small one as being claimed and some CCTV cameras should have been installed to start with and increased later as per need.

The MP lately has been firing salvos at the state government and even alleged that there were certain forces who wanted him out of Amritsar. He had even said that some people were feeling insecure and there was deliberate mechanism to sideline him.

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