Member of the legislative assembly from Amritsar east constituency and former chief parliamentary secretary of health and family welfare Punjab, Navjot Kaur Sidhu, wrote a letter to Punjab chief minister (CM) Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday.
In her letter, Sidhu accused deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, president of SAD, of interfering and halting the ongoing development works in her constituency by ordering the administration officials to not cooperate with her.
“Being an elected MLA of Amritsar east constituency, I have been working with dedication. Off late, some self-styled leaders on the instructions of the deputy chief minister are hindering the development works in my area. The contractors are being given road maps for recarpeting of roads in lesser-needed areas and are being removed from the most needed areas,” wrote Sidhu.
She also wrote that she is surprised to know that the administration has been instructed to ignore her and get work done through other designated people.
“This has led to a social repulsion because the machinery is being shifted from partiallymade roads in congested areas to those areas where there is hardly any habitation. The chairman of improvement trust, Sandeep Rishi, says he has been directed by your good self to delay/stop all development projects in my constituency. It is totally unbecoming of a person of your stature to let such things happen with your elected representatives. Because it is not justifiable to let public suffer,” she wrote.
The letter further reads, “In a democracy, I have every right to voice my opinions concerning social issues which may or may not be against the government. But you cannot overrule the rights of an elected MLA by letting any person inaugurate works in my constituency.”
In the letter Sidhu has asked the CM to a prompt corrective step from his side.
The letter has also been marked to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Punjab chief secretary Sarvesh Kaushal, Vidhan Sabha speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal, All India Organisational secretary of BJP Ram Lal and president of Punjab BJP Vijay Sampla.