Bhadaur MLA Mohammad Sadique said on Monday that he would approach the Vidhan Sabha speaker for the maltreatment meted out to him during an official function in Jalandhar last Sunday.
Sadique, the singer-turned-politician, claimed that he was invited to the function where Punjab's local bodies minister Bhagat Chunni Lal was to distribute grants to civic bodies.
"Ignoring my presence, the minister handed over the cheque meant for Bhadaur council to an Akali worker who is the president of the local civic body," said Sadique.
The cabinet minister had handed over the cheque for Malerkotla council to Farzana Alam, the SAD MLA and chief parliamentary secretary despite the presence of the civic body president and Congressman Mohammed Sardar Dara. Dara had alleged that the SAD workers had beaten him up after he protested.
"It doesn't bode well for democracy when the cabinet minister himself is ignoring the elected
representatives. It shows that the state government is working for the betterment of Akalis and BJP workers only," said Sadiqe.
Alleging that the local body authorities were bent upon insulting him, Sadiqe said: "It's vicitimisation of Congressmen and I will not sit back and take it."
Sadiqe informed that he had already contacted the Congress Legislature Party leader to take up this matter in the assembly.
Dara had also alleged that a day after the incident some Akali workers had entered his office in his absence and stolen some files on the orders of Alam. He has already lodged a complaint with the police.
Meanwhile, terming the whole incident as "a murder of democracy", Sangrur MP Vijay Inder Singla has also demanded action against responsible persons. Singla said, "The ruling alliance ministers and senior leaders had remained mute spectators while democracy was being murdered in Jalandhar on Sunday."
Singla accused the SAD-BJP government of setting wrong precedents by adopting double standards and indulging in vendetta. The SAD workers, meanwhile, accused Dara of misbehaving with them when they had gone to raise issues of cleanliness in the town.
Farzana Alam, however, has denied of anything to do with Sunday's incident. She said, "Dara is leveling vague charges against me. I have not instigated anyone to take on the municipal council president."