AAP Punjab MLA, Faridkot ADC in spat over officer’s refusal to stand to accept memo

It started at 11.30am when the MLA reached the secretariat. Hingonia, the ADC, was chairing a meeting on the Muktsar marathon at the conference hall in the DC office. Sandhwan was asked to wait at the DC office, and when Hingonia arrived to accept the memorandum, the MLA asked him to stand up, so that the photograph came out better.
Kotkapura Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Kultar Singh Sandhwan (left) and Faridkot additional deputy commissioner (general) Keshav Hingonia.(HT Photo)
Kotkapura Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Kultar Singh Sandhwan (left) and Faridkot additional deputy commissioner (general) Keshav Hingonia.(HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 08, 2018 11:54 AM IST
Copy Link
Hindustan Times, Faridkot | ByGagandeep Jassowal, Faridkot

The local secretariat witnessed an heated exchange between Kotkapura Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Kultar Singh Sandhwan and Faridkot additional deputy commissioner (general) Keshav Hingonia over the officer’s alleged disrespect towards the elected representative, on Wednesday afternoon. Sandhwan, who had gone to the office with party workers, to submit a memorandum seeking an inquiry into payments made under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) in the district, claimed that the ADC did not follow protocol.

Deputy commissioner Rajiv Prashar is on leave. “The ADC refused to stand up and accept the memorandum and insulted me by asking me to leave the premises,” Sandhwan alleged.

It started at 11.30am when the MLA reached the secretariat. Hingonia, the ADC, was chairing a meeting on the Muktsar marathon at the conference hall in the DC office. Sandhwan was asked to wait at the DC office, and when Hingonia arrived to accept the memorandum, the MLA asked him to stand up, so that the photograph came out better.

Hingonia then suggested that they move to the court area, where again the MLA asked the officer to stand, starting the spat. At one point, the ADC reportedly told the MLA, “You are not the government. You are just an MLA.”

Sandwan responded, “Who says I am not the government? I am the government as I am an elected representative.” Hingonia claimed the DC was the representative of the government at the district level.

As both started raising their voice, the ADC told the MLA, “Raise your voice outside. Leave this office.” At this, AAP workers raised slogans against the officer, before storming outside. Later, the ADC told reporters, “The MLA and his supporters disturbed my meeting. I am writing to the speaker of the Punjab assembly to take action against him.”

Sandhwan claimed that the officer insulted him, as he only ‘indirectly’ asked the ADC to stand up for a photo. “The officer did not follow protocol. I will write to the chief secretary seeking action against the officer.” The AAP plans to hold a protest against the incident on Thursday.

Political parties back MLA

Leader of opposition in the state assembly, Sukhpal Singh Khaira, condemned the incident, saying, “It is unfortunate that bureaucrats misbehave with elected representatives. We will raise the issue in the budget session of the assembly.”

Congress MLA Raj Kumar Verka said, “This is an insult of an elected representative and people’s mandate. The Faridkot deputy commissioner has been asked to file a report on the incident.” “The MLA is right in his position that the ADC should have stood up. A MLA is an elected representative of the people and must be respected,” said Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) secretary general Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa. Dhindsa is also a Rajya Sabha MP from Punjab.

“If there has been a difference of opinion between the MLA and the ADC, it needs to be sorted out for smooth functioning of the district. The MLA’s concern, though, must be respected,” said Faridkot MLA Kushaldeep Singh Dhillon.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close Story
QUICKREADS

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • Mumbai: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut arrives at the Enforcement Directorate office for questioning in an alleged money laundering case linked to the redevelopment of Patra Chawl, in Mumbai, Friday, July 1, 2022. (PTI Photo) (PTI07_01_2022_000062B) (PTI)
  • Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra. (ANI)

    'Will ensure justice...': K'taka minister on reports of two sisters stripped

    Karnataka home minister Araga Janendra said Friday he had only just received information about an alleged assault on two women in Anekal, a town in Bengaluru district. The sisters were allegedly stripped and assaulted at their home for failing to pay a debt. Multiple media reports have said the police refused to file a complaint for two days and only did so after videos of the assault were widely shared online.

  • The Maoist, Kamlesh was a member of Malenger Area Committee of Darbha Division of CPI (Maoist). (Representative image)

    Chhattisgarh: Maoist carrying reward of 5 lakh killed in encounter with police

    A Maoist carrying a reward of Rs 5 lakh on The Maoist, Kamlesh's head was gunned down by Chhattisgarh police in an encounter in Bastar's Sukma district on Friday, police said. The Maoist, Kamlesh was a member of Malenger Area Committee of Darbha Division of CPI (Maoist), police said. On Thursday, neighboring Dantewada police gunned down Denga Deva alias Mahangu Deva, who was a member of Katekalyan Area Committee of CPI (Maoist).

  • A cash van that was stuck in a waterlogged stretch in Bathinda after the first monsoon rain on Friday morning. (Sanjeev Kumar/HT)

    Monsoon covers Punjab’s Malwa belt, brings relief for farmers

    The first monsoon showers that hit the semi-arid region of south Malwa on Thursday night brought respite for cotton farmers from the deadly whitefly but exposed the ill-preparedness of the civic authorities in the urban areas as several areas in Bathinda town were in knee-deep in water. Also read: Monsoon arrives in Chandigarh tricity, so does misery Low-lying areas, such as Power House Road and Sikri Bazaar, were waterlogged.

  • Representational

    Mild earthquake in Karnataka's Kodagu, 3rd in a week in state: Report

    A mild earthquake was felt in Karnataka's Dakshina Kannada district early Friday morning - the third in the past seven days. News agency PTI said locals were woken up at around 1.15 am by a loud noise and tremors that were felt in Sampaje, Guttigaru, Ubaradka, Goonaka, Elimale, Sullia and nearby areas. Officials told PTI a report from the natural disaster monitoring centre is awaited. On Saturday (June 25), a 2.3 quake was recorded.

SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Friday, July 01, 2022