Union information and broadcasting minister Manish Tewari on Saturday launched a verbal attack on the SAD-BJP municipal corporation (MC) for what he described as lack of development and shortage of safe drinking water in the city.
Addressing a number of public meetings in Ludhiana, Tewari also attacked the alliance for the poor condition of roads in the district.
He termed the approach of the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party (SAD-BJP) government towards development as “discriminatory”, saying that it had a pick-and-choose policy.
“Due to the wrong policies of the state government, Punjab's condition has worsened,” he said, adding the Ludhiana's condition had deteriorated as the civic body was cash-strapped.
Later, Tewari disbursed Rs 1.24 crore from his MPLADS fund for installation of eight tubewells in Ludhiana. He also asked officials and elected representatives to ensure the money is used with transparency and accountability. “These tubewells should be commissioned within the next two months,” he said.