In the highs takes battle for Bathinda Lok Sabha seat, development works are on in full swing in violation of the model code of conduct. Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal’s Lambi assembly segment, part of Bathinda parliamentary constituency represented by his daughter-in-law Harsimrat Badal, is getting a ‘makeover’ as even good roads are being spruced up and electricity poles being installed.
Harsimrat is facing her brother-in-law Manpreet Singh Badal, the Congress candidate, in the April 30 polls.
A link road leading to Mohlan village of Lambi constitu-ency has been recently dug up and construction material has been unloaded on both sides of the road.
A group of labourers from Rajasthan has erected temporary hutments at Mohlan village. “Roads are being constructed in all nearby villages.
We will move to neighbouring villages after work is completed here. The harvesting season has affected the pace of the work since last one week, but we are expecting to meet the deadline,” said Rajinder Meena, a labourer.
Meanwhile, labourers from Uttar Pradesh are busy installing electricity poles for tubewell connections in the village. Even child labour has been employed to meet the “deadline”.
Sunil, 15, a resident of Chanuli village of Auraiya district in Uttar Pradesh, is fitting electricity wires on poles. He says they have installed a km of power line in the fields of Mohlan village in the last one week.
A building of a sewing centre on the outskirts of waterlogged Ratta Khera village, too, has been witnessing hectic activity.
Though it is a gover nment building, some villagers are under the wrong impression that it is being constructed as part of 'Nanhi Chhaan' campaign.
“You will not see any poll code restrictions in Lambi. All such works are part of the election campaign of Harsimrat Kaur Badal,” said Honey Singh Fattanwala. Honey Singh is running the campaign for Manpreet in Lambi.
The authorities want to show their loyalty to the ruling party and even the roads that are in a good condition are being reconstructed, he claimed.