Cong MLAs to "politely" replicate Raja Warring's act in CM's sangat darshans
The Punjab Congress has asked its MLAs to "politely" replicate Gidderbaha MLA Amarinder Singh Raja Warring's act in their respective constituencies with regard to "cornering" the chief minister (CM) Parkash Singh Badal during sangat darshans. Of course, there is an official rider of not sharing the dais with the CM.punjab Updated: Aug 09, 2013 20:18 IST
The Punjab Congress has asked its MLAs to "politely" replicate Gidderbaha MLA Amarinder Singh Raja Warring's act in their respective constituencies with regard to "cornering" the chief minister (CM) Parkash Singh Badal during sangat darshans. Of course, there is an official rider of not sharing the dais with the CM.
Punjab Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa, who was here to address mass contact programme, revealed that Warring did a commendable job by publicly exposing Badal during a sangat darshan on discrimination being meted out to the Congress legislator in execution of development works in his constituency.
Seemingly buoyed over Warring's act gaining huge publicity in the media, the Congress MLAs have now been asked to "politely" present their grievances and public issues during CM's sangat darshans. Over 45 Congress MLAs are not being invited to such government functions.
"Badal has been holding "darbars" like an 18th century king to hand over cheques of development works to the SAD-BJP workers. The party MLAs will now participate and raise public issues without sharing dais with the CM, who will be extended due respect for being the oldest politician. The MLAs will peacefully talk to Badal and will not create any ruckus," Bajwa said.
The move was also being viewed to counter the concept of deputing defeated Akali candidates as "constituency incharge" to negate authority of the elected Congress MLA in the assembly segment. "The distribution of cheques through constituency incharges is an attempt to marginalise democratic institutions. Such persons are vested with extra constitutional powers and we will not allow such phenomena any further," he quipped.
On plans if police not allow any MLA to enter the venue, Bajwa said the party would peacefully hold protest at the venue so as to raise the issue of discrimination before public.
Reacting sharply to deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal's warning on not disturbing the sangat darshans, Bajwa quipped the Congress accept his challenge and would give befitting reply in the same coin. "We are not afraid of Sukhbir or his henchmen while elected representatives have every right to present their cases before CM, who belongs to the state and not to a particular party or alliance," he said.
Interestingly, Muktsar Congress MLA Karan Kaur shared the dais with Badal at Bhalaiana village sangat darshan in Gidderbaha yesterday.
Sukhbir's lavish life style
Bajwa lambasted Sukhbir for enjoying "lavish life style", staying in five star hotels and encouraging VIP culture by maintaining distance with common man during district tours. "Sukhbir behaves like a king and not as a public servant. In past seven years, Sukhbir has been staying in lavish hotels in different districts to enjoy the luxurious facilities. Whether Punjab government pays for his lavish stays in these costlier hotels or the hotel owners are being compelled to offer free facilities to this mighty guest? Let Sukhbir come clean on these issues," Bajwa quipped.
Office Bearers list
The much awaited list of Punjab Congress office bearers would be released after August 17. "The Congress general secretary in charge Shakeel Ahmed is on a foreign tour and the list will be finalised after his return," Bajwa said.
First Published: Aug 09, 2013 19:28 IST