Taking a dig at the SAD-BJP government in the state for "exhausting" all its resources and energies on the kabaddi tournament, information and broadcasting minister Manish Tewari on Sunday wished the government also paid attention to development and public welfare.
Addressing a public meeting at Dhandran village in Gill assembly segment after laying the foundation stone of a road to be constructed under the Prime Minister's Gramin Sadak Yojana at a cost of Rs 1.5 crore, Tewari said organising sports tournaments was good, but exhausting all resources and energies on a single event was unusual.
He claimed that the entire government had come to a standstill during the last two weeks as everyone -- right from the chief minister to deputy commissioners and SHOs -- was busy holding kabaddi matches. "This only betrays the government's lack of concern for public welfare," he observed, while referring to other pressing problems being faced by people which the government had allegedly failed to address.
Referring to the recently concluded "investors' meet", Tewari said it would have been better had the Punjab government also taken note of the problems being faced by the local industry. "While the state government is trying to invite the industry from outside, those inside Punjab are moving out as they have been finding it suffocating here," he said while pointing to the flight of several industrial units from Ludhiana and Mandi Gobindgarh to other states.
The union minister alleged that people across the state were disillusioned with the state government and the SAD-BJP leadership was aware of it, hHence it was trying to organise such events to divert people's attention. "However, they can no longer befool people," he asserted, while appealing people to teach the Akali-BJP alliance a lesson in the coming parliamentary elections.