Even as the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alliance government is drawing flak for its poor and biased developmental agenda from leaders of its own party, the generosity of Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has made the people of his ancestral Ghudda village a happiest lot as the state's only central university is going to come up in the village.
The project for the construction of a permanent campus had been in the pipeline for the past five years. Now the construction of the campus of the university will start from August 17 and Badal is visiting Ghudda to attend the 'bhoomi pujan' on the same day.
The university, presently running its academic and administrative operations from an old building of the spinning mill on the Bathinda-Talwandi Sabo road since its inception in 2009, will be another addition to the state-of-the-art projects in the village provided by Badal from time to time in the past eight years.
The university will be the second major educational institution in Ghudda village since Punjabi University is already running a constituent college successfully for the past several years.
On the one hand, Amritsar-based leaders from the BJP and the SAD, including chief parliamentary secretary Navjot Kaur Sidhu, are condemning the government for ignoring her constituency, Ghudda, situated 18 km from Bathinda, and almost at a same distance for the CM's native village Badal, boasts of a well-equipped sports school, a sub-division level hospital, a model school, NCC centre and other facilities.
Bathinda deputy commissioner Basant Garg said that all the arrangements have been made for the CM's visit as he is also going to attend a sangat darshan programme at Kaljharani village on the same day.
"We are only overseeing the arrangements. The university authorities will look after the construction of the university campus as they have completed formalities of allotting tenders for construction of buildings," Garg added.
Other CMs versus native villages
Though former chief minister and incumbent member of Parliament from Amritsar Captain Amarinder Singh too attempted to ensure development in his ancestral Mehraj village, in Bathinda district, yet no major project came up in the village during his tenure from 2002 to 2007. However, he managed to improve civic amenities, besides a opening modern public hospital.
But, following the change of guard in 2007, the development of the village came to a halt as Mehraj now presents a deplorable picture with blocked sewerage lines and collapsed drainage system and inadequate facilities in the hospital.
Indeed, in his recent rally at Rampura Phul on August 4, Amarinder criticised the Punjab government for ignoring development of his village.
"What if I halt development of Ghudda and Badal villages after attaining power in 2017 assembly elections," Amarinder had said in the rally.
Moreover, even former chief minister Surjit Singh Barnala and Rajinder Kaur Bhattal failed to do much for their constituencies in their respective tenures.