Wailing with outstretched hands, a local woman did manage to attract the attention of Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal during the sangat darshan at Guruwali village in this district on Thursday. But she failed to get justice.
The chief minister, who was busy with the media, asked Paramjit Kaur her problem. But the CM’s reply did not provide any solace to the woman, who repeatedly threatened to commit suicide in case she did not get justice.
As he moved towards his vehicle, Badal casually asked a police officer to hear out the woman. The approach was so casual that even the cops did not bother. A DIG-level officer summoned an SP-level officer, who in turn turned to an inspector, who did not seem to bother as he hurriedly got on to his vehicle to follow the VIP cavalcade.
The CM did not bother to look back if her problem had been taken care of. She tried to run after the CM’s motorcade but the security held her back.
Left to narrate her woes to the media, Kaur said her husband, who runs a chemist shop outside Guru Ram Das hospital at Vallah, was thrashed by an employee of the hospital due to business rivalry. The husband has been hospitalised.
“I approached the CM for justice as the cops have not registered an attempt to murder case, despite the serious injuries suffered by my husband. Moreover, the cops are protecting the accused and are not arresting him,” she claimed.
The chief minister’s attitude did not justify his viewpoint that sangat darshan is the flagship programme of his government, aimed at mitigating people’s woes.
“This programme has proved to be a boon for the residents of the state as it has helped in solving their problems within minutes,” the CM had stated minutes before the woman approached him.
Badal pins hope on NDA govt
In his interaction with the media on the sidelines of the sangat darshan, Badal said the proposed Indian Institute of Management (IIM) at Amritsar was just a pie in the robust share in offing for Punjab. He claimed that the NDA government would soon allocate more such big projects to the state.
He said many more such projects were in pipeline that would put the state in the orbit of high-growth trajectory. He said the state government was already looking for suitable land for the construction of the IIM so that the work on it could be started soon.
“We will meet the PM whenever required for the sake of Punjab,” he added.
Replying to a query, the chief minister said the SAD-BJP alliance would contest the ensuing assembly elections in Delhi together. He said the alliance had stood the test of time, adding that the seat-sharing arrangements for these polls was hardly an issue and would be soon finalised by the alliance partners.
When asked to comment on the statement by PPP leader Manpreet Singh Badal that the state was heading towards mid-term polls, the chief minister said it was nothing more than “a figment of imagination” of the former finance minister. He said the PPP leader was least aware of the political scenario of the state.
“Our government will continue to serve the people by completing its tenure,” Badal said. Later, the CM addressed similar sangat darshan programmes at Bohru, Basarke and Bhakna villages.