Manpreet responsible for his political alienation: Sukhbir Singh Badal
Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Thursday welcomed the workers of the Punjab People's Party (PPP) by offering them siropas at Aassa Buttar and Kauni villages. Sukhbir said there was no threat to SAD from the PPP.Updated: May 03, 2013 16:49 IST
Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Thursday welcomed the workers of the Punjab People's Party (PPP) by offering them siropas at Aassa Buttar and Kauni villages.
Sukhbir said there was no threat to SAD from the PPP. He said PPP president Manpreet Badal was himself responsible for his political alienation.
Sukhbir claimed that Punjab had prepared a blueprint for bringing total transformation of its rural belts under which Rs 10,000 crore would be spent in the next three years.
He said the SAD-BJP government would construct/repair 1,700-km-long link roads in the state at a cost of Rs 1,700 crore this year. He announced that Punjab would invest Rs 1,200 crore on road connectivity by laying four-lane road network in the state in the coming three years.
Extending welcome to the newly inducted workers of the PPP into the SAD fold, Sukhbir assured them that they would get due respect and honour in the party.
Those who joined SAD in the presence of Sukhbir were Malkit Singh Kauni, Bachittar Singh, Nihal Singh, Gurmel Singh, Harjinder Singh and Jagjit Singh.
Cong MLA questions deputy CM's chopper route
Taking a dig at the deputy chief minister, Congress MLA from Gidderbaha Amarinder Singh Raja Warring alleged that each siropa offered by the deputy chief minister to the PPP workers on Wednesday cost the state exchequer lakhs of rupees.
Releasing a press statement here on Thursday, Raja said, "The deputy CM started his tour to present the siropas to the PPP workers from his native village Badal in Muktsar on a chopper. First he flew from Badal to Chandigarh in the morning. Then he came back to Gidderbaha and landed at Aassa Butter village."
He said, "The tour must have cost dearly to the state that has been facing a financial crisis. Did those PPP workers have such credentials in politics that the deputy chief minister took a round of the state in a helicopter to present them the siropas?"
Raja alleged, "The state government has made a mockery of the system. The deputy chief minister is using the state money to increase membership of his party. He stayed at Assa Butter and Kauni villages for merely 20 minutes. Ethically, the SAD should pay for this visit, especially at a time when the government is finding it difficult to pay salaries to its employees and pensioners are waiting for payments for months."
He said, "The route taken by the deputy CM from Badal to Assa Buttar village via Chandigarh on a chopper shows his immaturity."
"He visited two villages of Gidderbaha by spending lakhs of rupees only to present siropas to a few PPP workers. It would have been better had he also visited the civil hospital of Gidderbaha, which is in a shambles. Gidderbaha is one of the worst affected areas as far as cancer is concerned. He should also pay attention to these things," said Raja.