Union minister for food processing and member of Parliament from here Harsimrat Kaur Badal, who visited the city after three months, laid foundation stones of 12 development works worth Rs 73 crore on Sunday as the state is heading towards assembly elections in 2017.
Accompanied by a battery of senior officials of the district administration, Harsimrat also interacted with local residents, who complained of lack of interest on the part of the municipal corporation in redressing their grievances.
Meanwhile, the Union minister restrained herself from meeting the jewellers, who have been protesting for the past more than 20 days against the Union government’s decision to levy excise duty on gold.
Reiterating the development agenda of the Punjab government, Harsimrat said the SAD-BJP government initiated record development works in the state during the past nine years of its tenure. “In its 2002-2007 tenure, the Congress government spent Rs 22,000 crore on development works, while the SAD-BJP government invested Rs 1,28,637 crore on development works from March 2007 to 2015,” she claimed while addressing a public meeting at Shakti Nagar.
Speaking on the SYL issue, Harsimrat said Punjab always faced discrimination at the hands of successive Congress governments, but chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has taken a historic decision by bringing a bill in the assembly to dump this issue forever. “We respect the Supreme Court orders, but the state government has its own stand and would not allow any construction since Punjab has no water to donate it to other states,” Harsimrat said.
Lashing out at Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal for following a dual policy on the SYL issue, Harsimrat said the AAP convener has once again betrayed people by changing his stand on the issue for his political interests.
“AAP is mere a B-team of the Congress as its leaders never took any strong action against corrupt Congress leaders of Delhi inspite of having evidence against them,” she said.
“AAP has its no base in Punjab, so it will soon meet its end like the PPP,” she added.
Besides laying the foundation stone of one-stop crisis centre, the MP laid stones of development works including recarpeting of roads, interlocking tiles on pavements and rain water discharge system on the Court Road, Mall Road, Janata Nagar, Shakti Nagar, Paras Ram Nagar, Sangauna Basti, Amarpura Basti, Bangi Nagar and Sanjay Nagar. Foundation stones of ran animal shed, staff residence quarters and a boundary wall at the Regional Research And Training Centre at Kaljharani village were also laid .
Declare CM candidate, Majithia dares Kejriwal
Punjab revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia on Sunday challenged AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal to declare his party’s CM candidate for Punjab.
Majithia was interacting with the media after distributing development grants worth Rs 1.65 crore to Jaintipur, Adda Jaintipur and Paprpur villages, besides reviewing the ongoing development works.
Describing Kejriwal as anti-Punjab leader, Majithia said the real face of Kejriwal has been exposed from his stand on the SYL issue.
He expressed surprise that the AAP convener was busy in dreaming that his party would form government in Punjab, but he didn’t had a Punjabi face to declare as his party’s CM candidate. He said instead of giving prominence to any of his party leader from the state, Kejriwal is trying his best to impose non-Punjabi leaders in the state unit.
Majithia said Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) was working on a mission to ensure overall development of the state and on the other hand AAP was best for gossips only. On the SYL issue, Majithia said 70% people of the state were earning their bread and butter from agriculture and state was facing water shortage, thus, state has not a single drop to share.
He said SAD was ready to make any sacrifice to safeguard the interests of the state.