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Cong-led wards get peanuts while grants splurge for Akali-BJP wards, says Tewari

Union information and broadcasting minister Manish Tewari on Wednesday lashed out at Ludhiana municipal corporation (LMC) authorities for discriminating against the wards represented by Congress party. He revealed that there was a huge gap in the development grants provided in the wards represented by Congress leaders and those led by the ruling Akali-BJP alliance.

punjab Updated: Dec 04, 2013 19:27 IST
HT Correspondent

Union information and broadcasting minister Manish Tewari on Wednesday lashed out at Ludhiana municipal corporation (LMC) authorities for discriminating against the wards represented by Congress party.


He revealed that there was a huge gap in the development grants provided in the wards represented by Congress leaders and those led by the ruling Akali-BJP alliance.

Addressing a public meeting at Lohara village in Ludhiana under south assembly segment, organised by the Halqa incharge Pappi Prashar, Tewari disclosed that the grants provided to the wards represented by the Congress councillors were peanuts as compared to those represented by Akali-BJP councillors.

He also disclosed that when Congress councillors sought development in the areas represented by them,
MC had a standard excuse that it was short of funds, but when it came to areas represented by the Akali-BJP alliance, funds splurged at the discretion of the people in authority.

“Let me clarify it to them (Akali-BJP alliance) that development cannot be carried out at the whims and fancies of individuals,” Tewari asserted while adding, “Funds should be uniform and distributed without discrimination.”

Tewari pointed out a number of development projects such as the city bus service that were funded by the government of India.

Taking potshots at Akali-BJP alliance, Tewari said, “Those who are trying to discriminate against the Congress represented areas must have some conscience to realise that they are answerable to the people and time is not far when they would be held accountable for their commissions.”

Later, a spokesperson of Tewari announced that central the government will be constructing 175-kilometre of roads in three rural assembly segments of Dakha, Jagaraon and Gill.

“The proposal was prepared and submitted to the state government by local MP Manish Tewari to be forwarded to the government of India,” stated the spokesman.

Tewari has assured the people that he will ensure that the project is approved at the earliest and the work is started on these roads in the current financial year only.