Chandigarh, November 10, 2013: Punjab Congress today joined the issue with Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal who has targeted Congress leaders for opposition to ‘Sangat Darshan’ Programme during his same programme at Bathinda today.
In a statement issued here Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) leaders Brahm Mohindra, Ajit Inder Singh Mofar, Gurkirat Singh Kotli, Parminder Singh Pinky and Amarinder Singh Raja Warring MLAs said that Badal was using the Sangat Darshan Programme as a cover up for his poor governance and to promote political favoritism. They said that people were denied justice through administrative channels and they are forced to beg from the Chief Minister who plays feudal lord. They said that Badal was misleading people in the name of Sangat Darshan and wasting development funds by giving partial grants for development works in villages.
The Congress leaders asked Badal to streamline the administration and ensure speedy justice and redressal of grievances of people through official channels. Chief Minister was doing the job of a Block Development Officers and Panchayat Secretaries who are supposed to distribute development grants to Panchayats. This exercise is aimed to give grants to keep the village Panchayats under political obligation. They said that otherwise common people were not even allowed to enter civil secretariat in Chandigarh.
Punjab Congress leaders said that Badal would be doing real service to people if he eradicates corruption from his government, implement right to education, right to food and right to work programmes of center government effectively. They said that Badal should be worried about emergence of mafia raaj in Punjab and he should empower people instead of filling coffers of his own family. If he ensures good governance, there would be no need for Sangat Darshan, they added.