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Harsimrat: AAP looting people through fund-raising dinners

punjab Updated: Mar 29, 2016 10:07 IST
Navrajdeep Singh
Navrajdeep Singh
Hindustan Times
Aam Aadmi Party

Union minister of food processing industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal addressing a gathering in Bathinda on Monday.(HT Photo)

After attacking Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for its double standards on the Sutlej-Yamuna Link canal, Union minister for food processing industries and member of Parliament from Bathinda Harsimrat Kaur Badal has now targeted the party for its fundraising dinners across the state.

Speaking on the sidelines of her sangat darshan programme in her parliamentary constituency, Harsimrat said the AAP has started looting people by inviting them for food and then asking them to pay for it.

“This party has started a reverse trend in the land of Punjab where free langar is served to people.

The people of Punjab are vigilant enough and would not be carried away by such a party, which is setting wrong precedents,” said Harsimrat.

The AAP is drawing a huge response to its fund-raising dinners at district headquarters and charges Rs 5,000 per head to raise funds for the party.

Responding to Harsimrat’s statement, member of Parliament from Sangrur, Bhagwant Mann, said it was for the first time that people were voluntarily attending the AAP’s fund-raising dinners as they wanted to get rid of the corrupt SAD-BJP government.

“People will tell Harsimrat in 2017 that who was actually looting the people of Punjab. It is strange that leaders from the SAD, which has been looting people for the past nine years, are giving such statements,” Mann said.

The Sangrur MP added that the people, who can afford to pay Rs 50 lakh for dinner, are approaching them, but the party has limited the activity for the common people only.

‘Factionalism will lead to Cong downfall’ Harsimrat said that the Congress has been decimated in Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand and very soon Punjab Congress too would meet the same fate.

“The factionalism in the Congress will lead to its ultimate downfall. Captain Amarinder Singh has taken the presidentship of the state Congress by pressuring its high command, and the Congress workers have started rejecting him,” she said.

Sanitary napkin vending machines

Inaugurating the first sanitary napkin vending machine at the government senior secondary school for girls here, Harsimrat Kaur Badal said that 20 such machines would be installed at various educational institutes of the district.

The machines have been established with the aim of promoting personal hygiene and usage of sanitary napkins.

“The machine gives out three napkins when pressed once for mere Rs 10. The machine costs around Rs 25,000. To dispose of the used sanitary napkins properly, incinerators have been installed in the girls’ toilets,” she said.

She added that girls were hesitant while buying sanitary napkins from shops.

These machines would help by providing them sanitary napkins right in their educational institutions without any hesitation, she added.