Govt trying to woo people by doling out freebies: Bhattal

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Jul 30, 2016 15:04 IST
Former chief minister Rajinder Kaur Bhathal addressing Congress workers in Jalandhar on Friday. (Sikander Singh Chopra/HT)

Former chief minister and senior Congress leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal on Friday said the SAD-BJP government in Punjab has looted the state with both hands and now they were trying to woo the people by doling out freebies.

Bhattal, who was addressing Congress workers’ meeting in the Jalandhar Cantonment segment as zonal in-charge, cautioned the people against getting happy by the last-ditch effort of the SAD-BJP government to distribute funds and said time has come that Punjabis stand against the government to settle scores for their “loot and kill” policies.

“People of the state must keep it in mind that SAD-BJP leaders looted them for nine years and now in a bid to show that they are working for their welfare, the government is claiming to take pro-people decisions. It’s like you keep on thrashing someone for long and at last offer him a sweet toffee and make him happy,” said the former chief minister.

She said such was the desperation of the government to put its image on track that special loans are being taken secretly to pace up the development works.

“This government has not done anything in the last nine years and now with only six months left for the polls they are distributing funds to keep everything on record. This is the worst way of using public money,” she said.

The seniormost Congress leader from Jalandhar Cantonment and district Congress committee chief, Jagbir Brar, who organised the workers meeting, attacked the SAD-BJP government of not sanctioning even a single college for the entire Jalandhar district in last ten years.

“The government has opened colleges in all other parts but for Jalandhar, the SAD-BJP government doesn’t have money. Since its Dalit dominated area, this government is worried that if children of downtrodden people will get cheap education in the government sector, they will become a threat for their dispensation,” said Brar.

Brar organised this meet that saw unity of show in the Congress with all sitting Congress councillors of Jalandhar Municipal Corporation attending the meeting to show solidarity with Brar.

Meanwhile, another claimant from the seat and Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee general secretary, Tejinder Bittu remained absent from the meeting.

Fatehgarh Sahib MLA Kuljit Singh Nagra who is co-in-charge with Bhattal for Jalandhar zone, Jalandhar MP Santokh Chaudhary also addressed the meeting.

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