Members of Parliament (MPs) belonging to south India are better performers than their counterparts in other parts of the country as the former are ahead in raising issues in Parliament and making maximum use of MPLAD funds, SAD candidate Pawan Kumar Tinu said on Monday.
Tinu, while making this statement during a meeting with members of local bar association, also urged lawyers to give him points and issues which can be highlighted in Parliament so that he can become a better MP if he wins Jalandhar Lok Sabha (reserve) seat.
However, the SAD nomine observed that the grant of `5 crore given under MPLAD is too little for development of a city like Jalandhar and said the MP should also try to get funds from other central schemes.
A prominent Dalit face of SAD-BJP alliance and Adampur MLA, Tinu urged the lawyers to support him as they are an important section of the society.
Expressing his inability to make any announcement or sops for bar members, Tinu said that as the model code of conduct is under way, he "cannot do anything for them but he would regularly meet them after the elections are over".
He claimed that if he becomes MP, he would try to develop Jalandhar as a centre of 'health tourism' and would also get a domestic airport built in the city. He also said that the development of CNG pumps would be his priority as there is high level of air pollution in the city.
On Tuesday, congress candidate Chaudhary Santokh Singh will also hold a meeting with lawyers at the bar room in judicial court complex.
Meanwhile, a flutter was caused at the venue of the meeting after BJP's district president Subhash Sood came on the dais and started speaking about various developments projects of the government in the state.
Just a few seconds after Sood started his speech, a lawyer sitting in front of him intrerrupted him by saying, "Jalandhar de vikas baare vi gall karo (Talk about the development of Jalandhar as well)". A stunned Sood said that he would talk only about the state and the nation.
The municipal corporation in Jalandhar , being ruled by the BJP, is facing flak from for its poor performance since it took over. The potholed roads of the city had put the ruling SAD-BJP government on the back foot.