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Harsimrat defends govt’s move to construct cow memorial in Mansa

punjab Updated: Dec 30, 2015 22:08 IST
Mohammad Ghazali
Mohammad Ghazali
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Union minister Harsimrat Badal addressing a sangat darshan in Bathinda on Wednesday. (HT PHOTO)

Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Wednesday defended the state government’s decision to construct a cow memorial in Mansa claiming that this would help in maintaining communal harmony in the region.

“CM Sahib has always respected all religions and this is one such example as the cow memorial will help in building communal harmony in the state,” she said.

The fund-starved government is setting up a cow memorial in Mansa district at a cost of `5 crore. The work on the memorial, spread across three acres, is slated to begin in January.

The union minister, who visited six villages in Budhlada, got a taste of her own medicine in Sandly village when women participants shouted against delay in delivery of pension and other welfare schemes after the minister said why the people, including women, were not demanding anything from her. “It seems the people of this village and even the women out here are very intelligent as they have not demanded anything,” said Harsimrat, soon after which women participants started raising their demands. The minister quickly asked one of her assistants to address their grievances.

Taking a jibe at Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, she said: “He contested unsuccessfully from the Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency and later became the Delhi CM and now some reports suggest that he is planning to contest the assembly elections from Punjab.”

The Union minister also accused Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh of misleading the people by making false promises of providing employment within a month if voted to power. “Captain Sahib took swear by the holy gutka and made all the false promises,” she said.

Harsimrat conducted sangat darshan in Sandali, Faridke, Gandu Khurd, Gandu Kalan, Chak Alisher and Bakhkhadial villages and disbursed funds to the tune of `75 lakh for development.