In a scathing attack on Leader of Opposition Sunil Kumar Jakhar at his home turf Abohar, Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, on Saturday, accused the Jakhar family of using the electorate of Fazilka, Abohar and Ferozepur for political gains but not doing anything for the development of this border belt.
"The Jakhar family has zero contribution in the development of Abohar and Fazilka," alleged Sukhbir while addressing a gathering in Abohar, a sub-division of Fazilka district, represented by Jakhar, after dedicating a Rs 21-crore sewerage treatment plant and laying the foundation stone of the Rs 7-crore waterworks.
The move of Sunil Jakhar to create hurdles in the ongoing development of Abohar was very unfortunate, he said.
"This amounts to backstabbing the people, who have elected you," he said, adding the Jakhar family had ruled the constituency for the last four decades, but had never done anything for the people of the area.
The SAD president gave a call to the electorate of Abohar to ensure the end of 'self-centric' political game being played by the Jakhar family in the area.
Meanwhile, replying to a query regarding water cess, Sukhbir said it was being introduced to ensure and execute proper cleansing of the canals which would also ensure the availability of water for irrigation purposes at tail-ends to facilitate state peasantry.
Referring to a query regarding a steel bridge to be constructed in Abohar, he claimed to instruct the administration to pursue the issue with the union railway ministry in a few days so that work could be started.
Ferozepur member of Parliament Sher Singh Gubhaya, Charanjit Singh Brar and Satinderjit Singh Manta, officers of special duty (OSDs) to deputy chief minister and others too accompanied him.