The state Congress president has condemned the chief minister's sangat darshan programme, while his wife has thanked the CM for it, the ruling party has claimed.
On the one hand, state Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa had moved the Punjab and Haryana high court to seek a ban on the CM's public-contact programme, and on the other hand, his wife and Qadian legislator, Charanjit Kaur Bajwa, had written a thanksgiving letter to CM Parkash Singh Badal, Senior Akali leader and former Punjab minister Sewa Singh Sekhwan on Sunday said here.
The CM had held a three-day (August 31 to September 2) sangat darshan programme in Charanjit Kaur's constituency that covers 182 villages, besides the Qadian municipal council zone. Sekhwan talked about it in his address to members of panchayats at the CM's sangat darshan programme at a palace in Bhaini Mian Khan.
"Consult your wife before taking a political decision. She seems wiser," Sekhwan told Bajwa.
Sekhwan said he was the political rival of Charanjit Kaur of the Congress, yet he must welcome her concern for the development of her constituency. He claimed that she had also demanded in her letter that the CM sanctioned some more development works for her constituency.
CM Parkash Singh Badal told the gathering that the high court had decided the Congress' writ petition seeking a ban on sangat darshan in his favour, stating that the CM was the people's elected ruler, who had the right to keep direct contact with public. "I have a vast experience in politics, yet I have never seen any other CM keep a direct link with people through a scheme such as this," said the CM.
Badal added that he knew the working of the government offices, and that it would take people a year to reach him through the official channel. "At sangat darshan, common man gets his problems solved on the spot," said Badal. He compared himself to a doctor and said as a physician could not treat a patient until personal examination, even he need to visit each village and city to know its problems.
"However, my responsibilities as CM forbid me to go everywhere," he said, "so I made clusters to gather panchayats at a common place to get development moving."