Four months after Amritsar MP Navjot Singh Sidhu termed deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal's flurry of announcements as 'lollipop', there was hardly any verbal communication between the two leaders on Sunday when they shared the venue during the inauguration ceremony of the Kitchlew Chowk flyover here.
The BJP MP, who stayed away from inaugurations for the past several months claiming that he was 'ignored', responded to the invitation this time by reaching the venue.
However, Sukhbir could be seen asking Sidhu to come forward when photographers were to click during the inauguration.
Sidhu's supporters raised slogans in his favour.
As all eyes were on Sidhu and Sukhbir, the local MP stood behind for a while during the function but came right next to the deputy chief minister on his insistence. After posing for the photographers, both Sidhu and Sukhbir rushed to their vehicles.
Even BJP leaders, including cabinet Minister Anil Joshi, maintained distance from the local MP. However, on the request of mediapersons, Sukhbir came out of his car to interact with the waiting reporters.
Talking about the inauguration, the deputy CM said, "Various development projects are due for the city and this was inaugurated today for the people of the city."
When asked he and Sidhu were seen together after a long time, Sukhbir said, "Sidhu is a dynamic leader and I have no differences with him." On support to the MP, Badal said, "We will support any candidate who gets the BJP ticket."
Sidhu had accused the state government of ignoring Amritsar and his projects four months back as a result of which his relations with the Akali Dal had soured.
Chief parliamentary secretary Inderbir Bolaria, Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu, BJP state unit vice-president Rajinder Mohan Singh Chinna, general secretary Tarun Chugh and other BJP workers were also present.
Putting to rest the rumours of seat swapping, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal said, "As per the existing terms of alliance, the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat is with the BJP. There has been no discussion on swapping the seat. We will firmly support any candidate of our alliance partner in the general elections."
Terming the Aam Aadmi Party a 'bubble', Sukhbir Badal claimed that the party was not a factor in the coming Lok Sabha elections in Punjab.
The open darbars being presided over by Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal could not be termed new, he claimed.
Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has been successfully organising sangat darshan programmes in the state for the last two decades, he said.
Subsidised power and other welfare schemes now being followed by the AAP were the pet projects of Punjab chief minister whether it was free power for farmers and poor families, he claimed.
Meanwhile, the deputy chief minister laid the foundation stone of 66-KV substation in Sultanwind where cabinet minister Bikram Majithia was also present.
AAP a bubble: Deputy CM
Sukhbir Badal claimed that the AAP was not a factor in the coming Lok Sabha elections in Punjab and rejected it as mere 'bubble'. He said the open darbars being presided over by Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal were not new.
He claimed that subsidised power and other welfare schemes now being followed by the AAP were the pet projects of the Punjab chief minister whether it was free power for farmers and poor families