Accusing the SAD-BJP government of discrimination with the people of the town, the district unit of Punjab BJP on Wednesday held a protest rally outside the district headquarters against the 'miserable' condition of the local bus stand here.
Led by BJP's state secretary Jatinder Kalra, the party workers submitted a memorandum to the deputy commissioner and the general manager of the Punjab Roadways demanding immediate action to upgrade the bus stand and ensure the provision of basic facilities for commuters and the staff.
Talking to the Hindustan Times, Kalra alleged that in spite of repeated requests to the authorities concerned, the state government has failed to take any action in this regard.
"We have now decided to adopt the path of agitation to get our demand fulfilled," he added.
When asked that the BJP was a partner in the government and they should have raised this demand with the party leadership, he said, "We have already taken up this issue with leaders of both the SAD and the BJP but nobody has taken our demand seriously. We have decided to continue out protest till our demand was met."
He said that four years ago on August 22, 2009, BJP leader and MP Avinash Rai Khanna had visited the bus stand and submitted an inspection report mentioning that the entry and exit points of the bus stand were in a bad state of affairs and the urinals were not worthy of use.
The report had further said that water coolers were not in a working condition and that the bus stand always faced the problem of inundation as it was at a lower level than the road passing by it, Kalra said.
He further said that Khanna had demanded that immediate action should be taken to ensure facilities of drinking water and toilets to the passengers, besides taking the necessary steps to maintain the bus stand properly.
But, sadly, even after the completion four years not even a single step has been taken by the authorities towards setting things right at the bus stand, he regretted.
When contacted, deputy commissioner Indu Malhotra told the Hindustan Times that BJP leaders have submitted a memorandum regarding some basic problems at the local bus stand.
"We will take up this issue with the higher authorities to ensure all facilities to the commuters and the roadways staff at the bus stand," she added.