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Worrying moments for Badal as Raja strikes a warring pose

Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday faced some awkward moments at a sangat darshan here as Gidderbaha Congress MLA Amarinder Singh Raja Warring confronted him citing lack of development in his constituency.

punjab Updated: Aug 07, 2013 00:48 IST
Harjinder Sidhu

Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday faced some awkward moments at a sangat darshan here as Gidderbaha Congress MLA Amarinder Singh Raja Warring confronted him citing lack of development in his constituency.

While the chief minister started the three-day tour of Gidderbaha constituency on Tuesday, Raja, who had not been invited, waited for half an hour before the chief minister reached this village at 8am.

Raja was made to wait for half an hour before the chief minister called him in. Raja, who was frisked by the security staff, sat on the floor with the general public.

Later, Badal invited Raja to share the stage. But, Raja chose to come to the point straightaway. As Badal did not allow him to take the mike, Raja accused the chief minister of ignoring an elected representative.

Waving a copy of the SAD-BJP manifesto, Raja tried to remind Badal of the promises the SAD had made during the last elections. Raja alleged that his constituency was being discriminated against as far as development schemes like pension and housing were concerned.

Raja also reminded the chief minister of the blank cheque he had promised at the first session of the assembly after the formation of the SAD-BJP government in 2012.

Soon, the security personnel pushed Raja and his supporters back. At this, Raja started raising slogans against Badal and the state government.

Later, Raja tried to follow Badal at Assa Buttar, Kauni, Surewala and Hari Ke Kalan villages, but the police kept him at bay.

Political drama, says CM

Later, Badal termed the move as political drama. "Sangat darshan is for the common man. Raja can come to me at any time to raise the issues. I am ready to give him a cheque, but he should tell me what he wants to do with it. I am ready to organise sangat darshan at his house," Badal said.

The chief minister said Raja had tried to disturb a public function and the Congress had always acted as a stumbling block in the way of development.

It was Akali darshan, says Raja

Raja said, "The chief minister should declare the programme as Akali darshan if he doesn't want to allow a people's representative in. It is unfortunate that the chief minister lost his patience and did not hear the problems put forward by the people's representative. There is no need to waste public money on such programmes."

He said it was unfortunate that he was not invited to the sangat darshan held in his constituency. "Being an elected representative of people, I deserve to be part of the programme.

I am surprised that a politician of Badal's stature should indulge in such a parochial approach," Raja said.