The Goa tour of leaders of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) drew flak from the district Congress with leaders of opposition dubbing it as wastage of public money for "leisure of government".
Various Congress leaders, including municipal councillors, severely criticised the ongoing "Chintan Shivir" of the SAD-BJP combine in Goa.
Pawan Dewan, district president of the Congress (urban), said the SAD-BJP leaders' trip to Goa would see huge amount of money being spent on "useless things".
Dewan said Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal failed to get electricity to the farmers, as there were no funds left with the Punjab government, on the contrary "all major leaders of the SAD-BJP were enjoying five star hotels in Goa," said Dewan.
Parminder Mehta, former councillor and spokesperson of the Congress' councillors, said when there was no money to be spent on the developmental projects of the state, "elected representatives were spending people's money on their leisure."
"The tour is a blot on the democracy. Spending huge amount on tour when the state is under the debt burden should have been avoided. The meeting could have been organised at any local area" said KK Bawa, senior Congress leader.