Rural development minister Surjit Singh Rakhra has refuted local MP and union minister Preneet Kaur's statement that no development had taken place in Government Rajindra Medical College and Hospital during the SAD-BJP government's rule.
Rahra showed the figures of distribution of MPLAD funds by Preneet and said that during her three terms as MP, she had not spent a single penny on the development of the hospital while the SAD-BJP government had pumped in Rs 145 crore for its modernisation.
"According to government figures, as a Lok Sabha MP from Patiala, Preneet distributed more than Rs 13 crore in funds in the constituency," Rakhra said. "But she failed to spend even a single rupee on the development of Rajindra Hospital, one of the premier institutes of the region. She does not have any right to raise questions about the present government's contribution. As an MP she has miserably failed to contribute in uplifting the standard of the hospital."
"Even though the institute is situated in the assembly constituency falling under the Patiala MP's area that gives her the largest vote share in elections, she has never raised a single question in Lok Sabha about the hospital," said Rakhra.
Even during the tenure of Preneet's husband and state Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh as chief minister, the hospital was ignored and patients had to go to other hospitals for basic treatment.
"Now since the SAD-BJP government is paying heed to the development of the infrastructure in the hospital, Preneet is not able to bear this," Rakhra said. "I think she is afraid that she would lose in the next Lok Sabha polls. Out of frustration she is questioning the SAD government's contribution to the hospital." He also dared the union minister to come over for discussion on the issue on any stage.