Union minister for food processing and member of Parliament (MP) from Bathinda Harsimrat Kaur Badal said here on Wednesday that Manpreet Singh Badal, former president of People’s Party of Punjab (PPP), was always a Congressman.
Harsimrat, who is on a visit to her parliamentary constituency, said, “The merger of Manpreet Badal-led PPP with the Congress vindicated the fact that the PPP was always B-team of the Congress.” She added that now Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has taken the place of the PPP in Punjab and was now co-partner of the Congress.
“But people of Punjab have always voted for development and this time too they will go in for the SAD-BJP government that has heralded development in the state,” she added.
Though Harsimrat had managed to win the 2014 Lok Sabha election from here, she had faced embarrassment when she lost with 29,316 votes from this assembly segment.
Harsimrat had polled 41,987 votes, while Congress candidate and her brother-in-law Manpreet had got 71,303 votes from Bathinda urban constituency.
Harsimrat said both AAP and the Congress played only vote politics and the welfare of people was none of their concern.
On Captain Amarinder Singh, PPCC chief, Harsimrat said people of Amritsar would certainly punish him for his long absence from the constituency since the parliamentary elections in 2014. “The Captain should be ready with his report card to answer the volley of questions of the people,” she added.
The Union minister distributed cheques worth around `13.8 lakh among 90 beneficiaries under the Shagun scheme in Talwandi Sabo. Earlier, the minister dedicated to people a newly constructed 66-kv power grid at Sekhu village that will provide power to nearby areas. She also inaugurated an irrigation channel on the refinery road, a public park and a newly constructed bus stand at Raman. She also inaugurated a public park, tehsil-level veterinary hospital and a new block of Government Senior Secondary School in Talwandi Sabo.
She also laid foundation stone of the project of upgrading the 17.6-km Bathinda-Talwandi-Rori road to Fatta Balu via Lehri, Mirzeana, Koreana and Kalalwala. She also laid foundation stone of the building of a government primary School.