CHIEF MINISTER Parkash Singh Badal and Congress MLA Kuljit Singh Nagra were engaged in a war of words when the former arrived at Fatehgarh Sahib to attend the sangat darshan programme Monday.
Incidentally, it was the CM’s first sangat darshan at the Fatehgarh Sahib Assembly constituency since the SAD-BJP combine won the 2012 election. Furious over not getting any invite or intimation, the local Congress MLA stormed in and questioned Badal about his whereabouts for the last four years. Asking for two minutes of time to speak to the CM, Nagra rained questions on him for almost 10 minutes, to which the Chief Minister had no reply, initially. Later, Badal tried to resolve the matter by saying that all of Nagra’s concerns would be taken care of.
“Badal Saab, you have come to visit the land of martyrs. We welcome you but before coming here, you were missing since four years and have suddenly appeared when polls are here again. Did you or your office invite or inform local elected MLA even once? Did any of your officers tried contacting me to ask what is the requirement of our funds? No, in fact, you are sitting with the candidate who lost the polls and disbursing funds without even consulting the local MLA. You should remember that I am an MLA the way you are. Please respect democracy,” said Nagra as he continued lashing out at the CM, who was accompanied by Didar Bhatti, the SAD candidate whom Nagra defeated in 2012.
Nagra went on to say, “You give grants worth crores to your villages in Bathinda, but here in Fatehgarh, you are giving lollipops of few lakhs to our villages.” He asked, “Did you even bother in four years how Fatehgarh residents lived without a bus stand, a carcass dumping site on GT Road and no science/commerce teachers in schools? No, you never did. And today, you are here few months before polls. Why this sangat darshan did not happen four years back?”
As Nagra continued reading his charter of demands, the security team took away the microphone from him while he continued speaking.
Badal, meanwhile, disbursed cheques worth Rs 8.06 crore for 98 villages in Fatehgarh Sahib constituency.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Nagra said, “It was my right as an MLA to ask the CM where he was for four year. And then, the local MLA was not even informed. He is CM because he is elected leader, so am I.”
‘Need jobs, not free atta-dal’
Meanwhile, two youths, Karamjit Singh and Harpreet Sharma, also reached the venue to meet the CM but were denied entry. They told media, “We have come here to tell CM that we do not need free atta-dal but jobs.”
‘State not responsible for Delhi pollution’
Punjab was not responsible for pollution in Delhi, said Badal, while talking to the media. “In no way Punjab is responsible for it. It is the habit of the Delhi CM to blame others for his failures. He can’t manage his state and thus he should resign,” said the Chief Minister.
Badal said the police will not allow any gathering which hampers peace in the state and thus if “Sarbat Khalsa is being stopped, it is by the police not the government”.
“The situation of having no drinking water haunts Punjab and it might turn into a desert in less than a decade. The reckless loot of Punjab’s river waters had already created a scary situation with underground water levels falling at a shocking rate. It is payback time for the country to Punjab. We want justice,” said the Chief Minister, reiterating that Punjab will not share a single drop of water.