Punjab Congress spokesman Sukhpal Singh Khaira has accused Bholath MLA Bibi Jagir Kaur of "hijacking" Rs 10 lakh grant given by minister of state for health and family welfare Santosh Chaudhary, who is Hoshiarpur MP, for construction of community centres.
Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, Khaira alleged that Chaudhary had sanctioned Rs 10 lakh for two community centres for Bajajan and Fatehpur villages in memory of 27 persons who had died in a road accident near Hoshiarpur on October 9, 2013.
Khaira, who also produced documentary proof in this regard, said that a cheque to this effect was also given to Kapurthala deputy commissioner on October 12. 2013.
The DC wrote to executive engineer, panchayati raj on January 10 this year to carry out the said work as per MPLAD guidelines.
Khaira alleged that the executive engineer, at the behest of Bholath MLA Bibi Jagir Kaur, organised a political function on March 2 in both the villages, wherein foundation stones were laid by Bibi Jagir Kaur and her son-in-law Bhupinder Singh, carrying their names.
The Congress spokesman alleged that the executive engineer, Jagir Kaur and her son-in-law have committed grave offence of violating the guidelines of MPLAD funds.
He said that after getting information about this, Chaudhary had sent a complaint against the offenders to the union minister for statistics and programme implementation on March 3.
He alleged that Akali leaders have been "hijacking civil and police machinery for cheap political benefits."
On March 5, Chaudhary would herself lay new foundation stones at the same places by removing earlier foundation stones laid by Kaur and others, he added.
The Congress party, Khaira said, would hold a protest against the administration if it failed to remove the earlier foundation stones.
When contacted, Kapurthala deputy commisisoner DS Mangat said, "I have called for explanation of executive engineer of panchayati raj department in this matter and action would be taken accordingly".