The Punjab Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa on Wednesday lambasted the deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal for enjoying "lavish life style", staying in five star hotels and encouraging VIP culture by maintaining distance with common man during district tours.
Commenting to Sukhbir's allegations that Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi did not understand real public issues, Bajwa, after attending the mass contact programme here, said that Sukhbir has learnt art of telling lies from Nazis.
"Sukhbir behaves like a king and not as a public servant. He has a lavish life style. In past seven years, Sukhbir has been staying in lavish hotels in different districts to enjoy the luxurious facilities. Whether Punjab government pays for his lavish stays in these costlier hotels or the hotel owners are being compelled to offer free facilities to this mighty guest? These vital questions need to be inquired upon to expose truth about such expensive stays of the junior Badal," Bajwa asserted after addressing the mass contact programme here.
Criticising the SAD-BJP government for deciding to recruit new employees only on payment of basic pay, Bajwa said that though such government employees would not be paid full salary and other facilities on the pretext of state's bad financial condition, but there seems no dearth of funds when it comes for Sukhbir to enjoy lavish life style.
Though the government circuit houses in every district are meant for such VIP stays and even the chief minister Parkash Singh Badal had been occasionally putting up in these government accommodations ever since he joined the politics, but his deputy was seemingly addicted to five star culture, he alleged. "Can Sukhbir explain his conduct in not using the circuit house facility for night stays for past seven years?" he questioned.
"A common man is usually reluctant to enter five star or big hotels to meet the deputy CM while influential can only secure easy access in such a case. This is a good technique to maintain distance from common people so as to allow "party agents to act as conduits for getting their job done. It is difficult for common man to meet the deputy chief minister. In turn, Sukhbir is neither aware nor understand basic problems of the people and he usually fumbles for words during media interactions," Bajwa alleged, seemingly to counter Sukhbir's attack on Rahul Gandhi on similar count.
"The government had imposed heavy taxes and claims that its revenue receipt has doubled in last five years. Why it is not able to pay arrears of 6th pay commission, grant dearness allowance installment due from January 2013 (second installment is due from July 1, 2013) and why about 4 lakh employees were not paid their salaries for July," he quipped.
The government has not released grants since last quarter of 2012 to aided schools and colleges, he said, adding that as many as 78876 beneficiaries of Shagun scheme were not paid the money for the last three years.