Ludhiana Congress leaders on Friday slammed deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal for "befooling people" in the name of changing the face of Ludhiana.
"Sukhbir has been parroting it for seven years and must have said it more than seventy times that he would change the face of Ludhiana," the Congress leaders said in a joint statement here, adding that people had now understood that Sukhbir was trying to sell false dreams to them without actually doing anything. "You can't fool all the people all the time," they reminded Sukhbir.
In a joint statement, party leaders, including MLAs Rakesh Pandey, Bharat Bhushan Ashu and Surinder Dawar, former MLAs Milkiat Singh Dakha, Isher Singh Meharban and Jassi Khangura, and Gurmail Pehalwan and Ashok Pappi Prashar claimed that the indifferent treatment meted out to Ludhiana by the SAD-BJP government would reflect in the elections and its candidate Manpreet Ayali would forfeit his security deposit.
The Congress leaders reminded Sukhbir that when his party contested the elections in 2007 he had promised to make Ludhiana Paris. "But what we have seen here are potholed roads, damaged drains, lack of electricity and a spurt in crime," they said, adding that the Akali government was robbing Ludhiana of its resources by diverting the money collected from here to Bathinda.
Asking the deputy chief minister to stop "day-dreaming" about winning from Ludhiana, they remarked, "Let alone winning from Ludhiana, see if your candidate can manage a lead even from his home assembly segment of Dakha."
Taking a dig at Sukhbir for praising Ayali for being declared the best Zila Parishad chief, they said, "Ayali actually turned out to be Dakha Nagar Council chief as he could not look beyond." They alleged that Ayali robbed other places in Ludhiana to spend money in Dakha and now the people from these areas would teach him a lesson.
The leaders said people of Ludhiana were grateful to Tewari for various central projects and funds he got for the city.