Former mayor hits out at Patiala Congress
Though the municipal corporation has cleared the Rs 45 crore loan taken by the Congress government, the issue has taken a political colour.punjab Updated: May 25, 2013 21:57 IST
Though the municipal corporation has cleared the Rs 45 crore loan taken by the Congress government, the issue has taken a political colour.
A day after the Congress attacked the Shiromani Akali Dal for alleged lack of development in the city, former mayor Ajit Pal Singh Kohli led the party tirade against Congress.
At a press conference here on Saturday, Kohli, along with around 10 councillors, compared his term as mayor with the Congress term from 2002 to 2007.
"During their tenure, the Congress have only one achievement: that they took a loan of Rs 45 crore, which made the MC debt-ridden and created problems in development, as the MC remained busy in clearing the loan with interest," said Kohli.
Kohli said that during his tenure, Rs 102 crore was spent on augmentation and laying of new sewerage, widening lower and upper Mall, installing around 25 tubewells besides re-carpeting of all roads. "As mayor, I spent around Rs 150 crore in the city in five years, whereas Capt Amarinder Singh as CM had spent only Rs 45 crore, which also was a loan," he added.
Targeting Capt Amarinder and Preneet Kaur, the former mayor said, "In fact, for the last 10 years, Patiala Congressmen have become orphans as neither the local MLA is available in the city nor the local MP spends time here. Thus, in frustration, Congressmen are targeting the Akali leadership."
"Tell me, which big project Amarinder or Preneet have brought to the city," he questioned. "This is why the Congress lost in the assembly elections in Punjab and Raninder Singh lost from Samana as voters were aware that the royal family was inaccessible and had nothing to do with people's concerns."
He dared the local Congress MLA and the MP to have an open debate on the development of the city.
On Friday, the Congressmen had accused the SAD for the alleged neglect of the city and targeted the former and present mayors.