With eye on Punjab polls, Sukhbir goes on ROB-stone-laying spree

  • Navrajdeep Singh, Hindustan Times, Bathinda
  • Updated: Aug 14, 2016 14:30 IST
Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, public works department minister Janmeja Singh Sekhon and Akali legislator Sarup Chand Singla during the foundation-stone-laying ceremony of railway overbridge on the Dabwali road in Bathinda on Saturday. (Sanjeev Kumar/HT)

With eye on polls deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal went on inauguration and foundation stone spree of major railway projects in the Malwa region on Saturday.

Sukhbir laid foundation stone of four railway overbridges (ROB) including one on Bathinda-Dabwali road worth Rs 70.7 crore in Bathinda, another on Bathinda-Barnala-Dhuri railway line in Barnala and two such projects in Faridkot.

“The construction will start in a month and will be completed in one year. The ROB on Bathinda-Dabwali road will help to ensure smooth flow of traffic since the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) is coming up on the same road,” Badal said.

Recently, the centre government had approved AIIMS project worth Rs 925 crore in Bathinda and the prime minister Narendra Modi’s dates are being sought for its inauguration.

Meanwhile, sharpening his attack on Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Badal said that the AAP leaders are being backed and funded by radical groups operating inside and outside the state. On contradictory statements over ISI threats on himself and Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal, the deputy CM said that their statements and views

have been misinterpreted as there was no confusion over such sensitive issues.

Replying on quashing of posts of chief parliamentary secretary by Punjab and Haryana high court, Sukhbir said that the state is taking legal opinion over the issues and the next step will be taken accordingly.

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