Ignored for years, Madanpura village has suddenly come under the spotlight as credit war continues between Congress and SAD-BJP over development works of the village, which has about 1,000 votes.
On Monday, Anandpur Sahib member of Parliament (MP) Prem Singh Chandumajra laid a foundation stone of the development works worth Rs 85 lakh, including construction of firni (village circular road) and storm drain sewerage system, which will be completed within the next two month. However, this has led to the war of words within both the political rivals as both groups claim to “have made endless endeavours” for the village’s development.
Congress member of legislative assembly (MLA) Balbir Singh Sidhu has accused Chandumajra of “hijacking” the development initiatives, which had already been started by him about a week ago.
“We got the estimates related to these projects approved, but now, to take political mileage and cover up the misrule of SAD-BJP government, Chandumajra wants to take credit for these works,” said Sidhu, adding, “About a week ago, I, myself, had inaugurated these works, and now he is taking credit by inaugurating the projects again.” Denying the allegations, Chandumajra said, “If he was so committed towards development, why didn’t he take any initiative regarding the development of the village during the past 10 years. He has failed to develop the area even after being the MLA for over a decade.” He added, “I got the notification of acquiring the village cancelled, and got it de-notified. Later, Rs 85 lakh were released for its development. This has been possible only because of the efforts of the Punjab government. In the coming days, more such works will be carried out in the area. Let him play politics.”
Interestingly, Madanpura village is a part of the ward which is represented by Congress councillor Rajinder Singh Rana, considered close to MLA Sidhu. Sources in the MC said Rana had insisted in getting the agenda regarding the development works passed in the first MC House meeting in September 2015.
Even when all SAD-BJP councillors, along with MC officials, were present at the event on Monday, councillor Rana, mayor Kulwant Singh, senior deputy mayor Rishab Jain and deputy mayor Manjeet Singh Sethi and various Congress Azad Group councillors were conspicuous with their absence.
When contacted, mayor Kulwant Singh said, “I don’t have any information about the programme, nor was I invited.”