Former Bathinda Congress MLA Harminder Singh Jassi has questioned the development model of the Shiromani Akali Dal during his visit to the site of the recently-constructed Railways Underbridge (RUB), a wall of which collapsed during the rain.
Jassi went to review the condition of the RUB on Bathinda-Mansa road, which was closed due to the wall collapse after the first pre-monsoon showers of the season. Later, he held a press conference at the Congress Bhawan and alleged that the use of substandard material by the contractor while constructing the bridge was the main reason behind the collapse. He also demanded that officials who had issued no-objection certificate to it should also be brought to book.
Jassi added that the wall collapse and the closing of the RUB and faults in ROB on Badal road show the development model, about which chief minister Parkash Singh Badal boasts of every day.
"It is eyewash in the name of development as this government is giving contracts to their known people and even does not have any knowledge of the construction," said Jassi.
He also alleged irregularities in the grants send by the central government for the centrally-sponsored schemes in the state and demanded a CBI inquiry into it. Jassi said for the atta-dal, pension, shagun schemes and other programmes, the central government is sending crores of rupees but the Punjab government is not giving that money to the public.
Speaking on the Bathinda municipal corporation election, he said this corporation has completed its term of five years this month, but the BJP-SAD alliance was not going to polls as they are fearing defeat, which is inevitable due to many property scams that had taken place under the leadership of mayor Baljit Singh Birbehman.