BJP misleading people by criticising Akalis: Bhattal

  • HT Correspondent, None, Sangrur
  • Updated: Nov 18, 2014 20:51 IST

Former Punjab chief minister and senior Congress leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal has said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was trying to mislead the people of the state by criticising its alliance partner, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).

"The BJP cannot get support of the people by criticsing the SAD leadership for anti-people policies. Being the alliance partner in the government, the BJP is equally responsible for the wrongdoings of the government and it will also pay for it," said Bhattal, while talking to mediapersons at her residence at Lehragaga.

Commenting on former MP Navjot Sidhu's criticism of Akali leaders, Bhattal said, "Instead of making statements in the media, the BJP should clear its stand on the alliance."

She also accused the Narendra Modi government of "discrimination" with Punjab, saying, the Modi government was taking revenge for Arun Jaitley's defeat from the people of Punjab, while chief minister Parkash Singh Badal was working to protect his chair.

Ridiculing the media reports of internal bickering in the Punjab Congress, Bhattal said: "The Congress is united and will be back to power again."

In reply to a question, she said the SAD-BJP alliance had pushed the state eight years back.
Slamming the Saansad Adrash Gram Yojana, the former CM said the scheme would not bring about any change in the life of the people.

"An MP is elected by the people of a particular constituency, and thus, the development of the entire constituency is the MP's responsibility and not the development of a village," she added.

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