The Congress on Monday accused the state government of displaying extraordinary preferential treatment to Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal at the cost of the public exchequer while ignoring not only Congress MPs but other Akali-BJP MPs as well. The Opposition also demanded that all elected representatives be treated equally.
In the past 3 to 4 days,we have witnessed a well orchestrated campaign to promote the Bathinda MP,all by plundering the public exchequer. Massive half page advertisements have appeared in all major newspapers in the last few days with huge photographs of Harsimrat Kaur and details of her foundation stone laying or inauguration of government schemes, Sukpal Singh Khaira,official spokesperson of the Punjab Congress,said.
He added that on the directions of Punjab Chief Minister P S Badal and his deputy Sukhbir Badal,a special red carpet is being rolled out to Harsimrat wherever she goes. Besides all this pomp and show,the entire district administration including the DC and SSP are directed to remain in her programmes,while even a BDO or panchayat secretary does not bother to attend such programmes of the other ruling party MPs,let alone Congress MPs, Khaira said.
He further stated that Harsimrat was being shown the preferential treatment as she is the chief ministers daughter-in-law and the wife of the deputy chief minister. Khaira also accused the Badals of displaying double standards even when addressing Akali MPs.
What is more shameful is the blatant hijack of all UPA-sponsored flagship programmes such as the SSA,PMGSY,JNRRUM,Rural Health Mission among others that are being inaugurated by Harsimrat Kaur,while there is no mention of the Prime Minister or concerned UPA Minister, the spokesperson said.