Former Punjab social welfare and child development minister and SAD leader Gobind Singh Kanjla had to face the fury of the agitating aganwadi workers after they stopped his car here for half-an-hour when he was on his way to Patiala.
The workers were protesting at the red light chowk here against the state government's decision to privatise the task of the verification of pension beneficiaries and the integrated child development services (ICDS) in the state.
When the agitators saw the car of the former minister with a red beacon atop, they stopped it, perhaps taking it for a minister's car, and started raising slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal. This irked Kanjla, who came out of his car and also started raising slogans in favour of the Prime Minster and the chief minister.
After a drama of about 30 minutes, deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Gurpreet Singh Dhindsa reached the spot and made way for Kanjla's car.
Kanjla said, "I requested them politely to give way to my car but they refused to do so. Instead, they started raising slogans against the PM and the CM. This irked me and I also started raising slogans in favour of my leaders."
"I also told them that they were wasting their time by harassing the public, they should approach the government via the deputy commissioner, but they were not ready to listen to me," said Kanjla, who is also senior vice president of the Scheduled Castes Wing of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).