Dr Sidhu like my daughter, all her issues to be addressed: Badal

Updated on Jul 24, 2015 09:46 AM IST
A day after chief parliamentary secretary Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu barged into the sangat darshan programme by chief minister Parkash Singh Badal claiming that she was denied an appointment with him for the past six months, the CM on Thursday said Dr Sidhu was like his daughter and he would ensure that all her issues were addressed.
Hindustan Times | By, Jandiala Guru

A day after chief parliamentary secretary Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu barged into the sangat darshan programme by chief minister Parkash Singh Badal claiming that she was denied an appointment with him for the past six months, the CM on Thursday said Dr Sidhu was like his daughter and he would ensure that all her issues were addressed.

Badal said he was accessible to all and it wasn't right that he was avoiding meeting Sidhu. He said, "I have nothing against her and can even visit her house to ensure that all her issues are addressed."

He said the elected MLAs of the state, irrespective of the party they belonged to, were important to him and he held these public representatives in high esteem.

As Sidhu had accused Badal of giving preference to Bathinda and ignoring other cities and constituencies, the CM refuted the allegations saying the SAD-BJP government is sincerely working to ensure the overall development in every nook and corner of the state without any prejudice or regional disparity.

The chief minister said, "It is wrong to categorise any city/town or constituency as VIP as our government is committed to the development of the entire state. The allegations regarding special treatment are baseless as we have already embarked on a special scheme to ensure that every town of the state is equipped with basic amenities."

Sidhu had alleged that the Badals were bothered only about Bathinda and the Akali constituencies and her constituency Amritsar (east) was in a pathetic state as the promised grants of Rs 10 crore were awaiting clearance for months.

CPS meets Badal again

Dr Sidhu again met the chief minister just before his chopper took off from Amritsar. She said, "The CM has assured me that all matters will be resolved and that the Rs 10 crore grants will be cleared soon. I will wait till August 15, and if nothing is done, I would sit on hunger strike."


Ambulance controversy

When reminded that the Centre had stopped a grant of Rs 12.25 crore just because ambulances had a picture of the chief minister on them, Badal said, "The pictures pasted on ambulances don't affect the delivery of quality health services. My picture was hardly any issue and the state government will take an appropriate call after due deliberations."

He said it was the health department that had pasted his pictures on ambulances, wondering what difference it had made in the health services.

The chief minister said Punjab had immensely benefited from the short NDA tenure so far. He said the Centre had given several key projects to the state, which would be instrumental in putting it on a high-growth trajectory.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    A principal correspondent, Aseem Bassi is the bureau chief at Amritsar. He covers politics, Indo-Pak border, gurdwara politics, crime, border trade and civic issues.

Close Story
QUICKREADS

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • All slaughterhouses will remain closed on August 19, the BBMP circular said.

    Bengaluru civic body bars sale of meat, animal killing on Janmashtami

    The Bengaluru civic body on Wednesday issued an order prohibiting animal slaughter and sale of meat on Krishna Janmashtami on August 19 (Friday). This year's Janmashtami will be the 5,249th birth anniversary of Lord Krishna and will be celebrated between August 18 - 19 as Krishna was born at midnight.

  • A constable was also injured. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

    Terrorist killed after snatching cop’s rifle near Jammu: J&K Police

    A terrorist was killed after he snatched the rifle of a constable and fired at a police party during the recovery of hidden weapons along the India-Pakistan border near Jammu late on Wednesday, a police officer said. Additional director general of police Mukesh Singh said the constable and the Pakistani terrorist Mohammad Ali Hussain, who was lodged in Jammu's Kot Bhalwal Jail, were injured during the recovery operation.

  • The hourly Air Quality Index was 69 at 7am. (ANI)

    Delhi’s air quality in satisfactory category amid partly overcast weather

    Delhi's air quality was in the satisfactory category on Thursday morning as partly overcast weather was expected with a maximum temperature of around 35C and a minimum 26C. On Wednesday, the average 24-hour AQI was 60 in the satisfactory category. An AQI between zero and 50 is considered good, 51 and 100 satisfactory, 101 and 200 moderate, 201 and 300 poor, 301 and 400 very poor, and 401 and 500 severe.

  • The BBMP elections have been delayed for about two years.

    BBMP election issue goes back to Supreme Court

    The High Court of Karnataka has directed petitioners challenging the ward delimitation of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to get clarity from the Supreme Court over postponing the elections. Seven different public interest litigations (PILs) are challenging the delimitation exercise carried out in 243 wards of the city's civic agency. The HC therefore directed the petitioners to clarify this from the Supreme Court itself.

  • A Pakistani terrorist was killed and a police constable was injured during a weapon recovery action in Arnia sector near the International Border at Toph village in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday. (HT File Photo)

    Pakistani terrorist killed, constable hurt during operation in Jammu and Kashmir

    A LeT 'commander' from Pakistan succumbed to his injuries and a constable injured when the former snatched rifle from the latter and fired at a police party during the recovery of hidden weapons along the Indo-Pak international border in the Arnia sector of Jammu district late Wednesday, said officials. The deceased terrorist was a commander of terror group LeT, alias Qasim, alias Jehangir of Pakistan, Mohammad Ali Hussain.

SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Thursday, August 18, 2022
Start 15 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now