Known for creating waves, member of parliament from Kangra Rajan Sushant seems to have been indulging in another “political gimmick”, as in spite of claiming that he has resigned from his post, he has retained his membership and is disbursing MPLAD grants for development projects.
Sushant, who had quit the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) last month and had announced his resignation as an MP, has now gone back on his word and is saying that his resignation was “conditional and has not been accepted yet”.
He is now extensively touring the Kangra parliamentary seat in a bid to spend the pending MPLAD (Member of Parliament Local Area Development Division) funds amounting to nearly Rs 1 crore. Besides campaigning for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, Sushant is on a spree inaugurating the development projects for which he had sanctioned grants.
Sushant, who was in Gharol village of Jwalamukhi area in Kangra district on Tuesday evening, granted Rs 2 lakh for a small road connecting the hamlet to the main road, from his MPLAD funds. He also announced Rs 5 lakh to the same project on the behalf of the block development officer (BDO), who was accompanying him.
Addressing a small gathering of the villagers, Sushant said his resignation was “conditional”.
“My resignation was conditional. I had written that the resignation should be accepted only after I use the remaining MPLAD funds,” claimed Sushant.
Though he refused to talk to mediapersons, BDO Munish Sharma said Sushant was still an MP and his resignation had not become effective yet.
Meanwhile, addressing the gathering, Sushant attacked former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal over the issue of corruption, and accused party veteran Shanta Kumar of “compromising with corruption”. Sushant said he would expose the two leaders in the coming days, as he had strong evidence against them.
However, some villagers protested his remark against Shanta and asked him not to malign the image of the senior leader.
His move drew criticism from former Congress MP Chander Kumar, who termed Sushant's “conditional resignation” a “mere political gimmick” to mislead people and gain sympathy.
Kumar said if the MP was serious about corruption in the BJP, he should have done something about it two years ago when he was suspended from the primary membership of the party.
Alleging that Sushant had failed to do anything remarkable for the area, Kumar said his term would automatically end as the election code will come into force within a few days.