The girl students of three government schools had to wait for almost extra two hours in searing heat to get bicycles under state government’s Mai Bhago Vidya Scheme as Bathinda MP and union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal turned up late at all the schools.
Even, the students of government girls’ senior secondary school in Talwandi Sabo were made to stay after school hours for more than half an hour for Bathinda MP’s visit.
As per the scheduled visit, Harsimrat was to visit government senior secondary school (girls) in Bathinda to distribute bicycles to 456 students at 11am, but the Akali leader reached at about 12:30pm. The students were made to sit on floors to wait for distribution ceremony to begin.
Consequently, the bicycle distribution programme at government school in Bhagi Bander village, situated 20km from Bathinda, which was schedule at 12:30pm, could only begin at 1:45pm, after the arrival of food processing minister.
Following the delay at the first two venues, Harsimrat, who was accompanied by a battery of senior officials of district administration, could reach Talwandi Sabo school only at 2:30pm. The students waited beyond their school hours to receive bicycle from her. However, there were no arrangements of refreshments for the students.
“We had made arrangements according to union minister’s set schedule provided by administration, but the minister reached hour late than schedule timing,” said one of the officials.
Union minister takes dig at AAP candidates
Addressing the public gathering at Bhagi Bander village, Harsimrat said the reports of revolt in AAP were just a beginning as the simmering storm of revolt would sweep the party away in totality. “The first list released by AAP has proved that even senior leaders of party have lost faith in the leadership of Arvind Kejriwal,” she said.