Chief parliamentary secretary (CPS) and BJP leader Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu lashed out at the municipal corporation on Friday for ignoring her constituency and said she would raise the issue at the upcoming Sadbhawna rally in Amritsar on December 20 if things were not sorted out.
Addressing mediapersons here, CPS Dr Sidhu said, “The government aims to make Amritsar a smart city but a look at the condition of civic amenities in the city exposes the working of the municipal corporation. I have been raising issues regarding my constituency with municipal commissioner Pardeep Sabharwal as well as mayor Bakshi Ram Arora but things have not moved forward.”
Dr Sidhu added, “I have written to the MC many times about the problems of encroachments, bad roads and sewerage; requested for shifting the bus stand and also asked for details regarding the plantation drive. But unfortunately, the MC is only showing indifference.”
The MC boasts of launching a helpline to solve the problem of garbage but garbage heaps can be seen everywhere and if a CPS has requested them to look into the issue, they ignore it, Dr Sidhu said.
Saying that she will move the court if the MC does not react to her demands within 15 days, Dr. Sidhu said, “We can also go to the Sadhbhawna rally to raise the issue. We are also part of the ‘sangat’ and can go there and complain,” she added.
The CPS, who had recently sat on a hunger strike, said the MC was not working seriously.
Dope test must be mandatory for politicians and cops
Reacting to a question on Aam Aadmi Party leader Bhagwant Mann’s challenge to deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal for undergoing a dope test, Dr Sidhu said, “Dope test must be made mandatory for every politician and police official.”
It has been seen that the drug menace prevailed in jails which clearly indicates that it was being facilitated by officials, Dr Sidhu said.