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Don’t turn governance into comedy circus: SAD to minister Sidhu

SAD spokesman Daljit Singh Cheema challenges local bodies minister to prove allegations of embezzlement against Akali regime or resign

punjab Updated: May 15, 2017 10:20 IST
HT Correspondent
Navjot Singh Sidhu
SAD spokesman Daljit Singh Cheema (HT File Photo)

Reacting to local bodies minister Navjot Singh Sidhu’s allegations of irregularities during the Akali regime, party spokesman Daljit Singh Cheema said the cricketer-turned-politician was in a habit of telling lies to earn a few laughs.

Challenging Sidhu to prove the allegations, which include embezzlement of funds meant for the smart city project, or apologise and resign from his post, Cheema said the former MP was showing the same mindless behaviour he exhibit in his laughter show.

Dr Cheema said Punjab was sanctioned Rs 200 crore for Ludhiana under the smart city project in the first phase. He said the finance department released only Rs 32 crore, while the remaining Rs 168 crore is still held up in the treasury. “You should work to get this money released as well as release the 50% state share to expedite completion of this project in Ludhiana, instead of day dreaming about embezzlement,” he said.

Speaking about funds for Jalandhar and Amritsar smart city projects, Cheema said these were sanctioned in the second phase. “The state did not receive any finances for starting the work on these projects,” he said.