Lauding the BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu for speaking out the 'truth, even though diminutive', Punjab Congress spokesperson Nimisha Mehta has said that the MP had vindicated the Congress stand that the state government adopted a 'pick-and-choose' policy while allocating funds for development to elected representatives.
In a statement issued here on Thursday, Mehta said that the Congress had time and again stated that the government was ignoring assembly constituencies being represented by opposition MLAs. Sidhu too has claimed that the SAD-BJP government favoured certain 'selected' MPs and MLAs while disbursing funds for development, she added.
"Now if a ruling alliance MP, that too as powerful as Sidhu, cannot get funds for development from his own government, due to his differences with certain state leaders, then one can well imagine the plight of Congress MLAs," Mehta added.
Sidhu's admission on empty exchequer
Mehta further said Sidhu's utterance on the deteriorating financial condition of the state had broken the delusional rosy picture painted by chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.
In this context, she referred to Sidhu's media conference, where he had admitted that the Amritsar Municipal Corporation and Amritsar Improvement Trust, which are part of the state government, had no funds to buy even a cart (rehri) let alone machines for getting the roads cleaned.
"Until now the CM and deputy CM had been claiming that there was no dearth of money in the state. But the statement issued by the BJP MP has taken off the mask from the father-son duo," she added in her statement.
She further said that the Congress offers its sympathies to the MP and his MLA wife Dr Navjot Kaur and also congratulates them for exposing the SAD-led state government. The CM and deputy CM have been doing nothing but lying and misguiding the people of Punjab by making such false claims, she added.
'Sidhu betrayed electorate'
Amritsar (urban) district Congress committee (DCC) chief Jugal Kishore Sharma referred to Sidhu's long absence and then return as a 'very well enacted drama'.
"Such tactics will no longer work, as the people have understood the BJP MP. If he had been sincere towards his constituency and towards the people who voted for him, he would not have run away in the first place," Sharma said in a statement issued here.
The DCC chief said that Sidhu's first duty was towards the electorate, but he chose to betray them. He should have stood his ground and fought for funds and the people would have stood by him, he added.
The Congress leader said that Sidhu's own party, the BJP, had sidelined him. This was quite evident from the lukewarm response he got on his return, he claimed.