Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal distributed cheques amounting to Rs 6.91 crore to 41 village panchayats during a Sangat Darshan at Badhni Kalan town in Moga district today.He also promised to spend Rs 27 crore for various development works in the Nihalsinghwala Assembly constituency.But the foundation stone of a sewage treatment plant which was laid by Sukhbir at Badhni Kalan town two years back, just before the Lok Sabha polls, is yet to see the light of the day. Even construction has not yet started on this project.Local leaders of the Congress staged a protest against the Deputy CM for making false promises. “We have washed the foundation stone of the sewage project with milk as it had gathered dust over the years,” said Lali Buttar, local Congress leader.Alleging that many development projects in the area were hanging fire for the past many years, Lali Buttar said that Akali leaders were misleading the people on the financial position of the state.“The state is bankrupt. It has no funds to complete hundreds of development works,” he said.On the other hand, junior Badal claimed that the new projects, worth Rs 27 crore, would prove instrumental in furthering development. He also listened to the problems of the panchayats during the Sangat Darshan. He instructed the officers present to speedily resolve their problems.Claiming Moga to be a ‘panthic area’, probably to consolidate the Sikh vote bank, he assured that no stone would be left unturned to ensure that the residents of the district get all basic amenities.Announcing that all major cities and towns of the state would be connected by 4-6 lane roads by 2017, Sukhbir Badal said special attention has been paid to developing the road infrastructure in Moga district.
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