S. P. Pandey, Punjab,2nd March, 2009 :Manish Tewari, the spokesperson of the All India Congress Committee today criticised the Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal for diverting the development funds from Ludhiana to Bathinda. He said, the people of Ludhiana have now realized as how much they were being cheated and discriminated against by the Akali regime. Surprisingly, he regretted, “the Akalis kept quiet when our funds were snatched from us and given to Bathinda”.
Referring to the shifting of the jet sewer cleaner from Ludhiana to Bathinda, just because his (Sukhbir’s) wife Harsimrat Kaur was going to contest the parliamentary elections from there, Tewari pointed out, this is an indication of the things to come in future when everything will go to Bathinda.
Tewari asked Badals, “try to look beyond your household, because you are the rulers of the whole of Punjab”. He pointed out, earlier also, the Badals shifted various machinery from Ludhiana to Muktsar, their home district, while Ludhianvis were made to wait.
The AICC spokesperson disclosed that he had credible information that the local municipal authorities had been asked to spare funds for the development projects in Bathinda. He remarked, “this is cheating and fraud with the people of Ludhiana which would not be tolerated in any case”.
Tewari said, Badals are welcome to ensure full development in Bathinda, but not at the cost of Ludhiana. He said, the Akalis will have to face the repercussions in the coming parliamentary elections. He said, even otherwise, Ludhiana has been ignored and sidelined by the Akalis. During the last two years, there has been no development work as the funds were being diverted and transferred to Muktsar and Bathinda from Ludhiana which contributed so much to the state revenues.
He added, even this will not help the Akalis in any way in Bathinda which they are certain to loose. “Ludhiana, they have already lost as they have themselves conceded the defeat by fielding an ex Congressman and Bathinda they will certainly loose”, he asserted, while maintaining that such discriminatory policies towards Ludhiana will have serious ramifications for the Akalis.