BJP angry with Akalis for not mentioning it in Punjab govt publicity booklet
BJP leaders are upset with Badals for totally ignoring it in the government booklet titled “Nine Years of Development in Punjab”, or “9 saal Punjab ch vikas de” which consist of 109 pages and is being circulated all over the state, as it has no mention of BJP or any of its leaders.
Prakash Singh Badal and Sukhbir Singh Badal are the only two personalities which are shown as the “mascots of development” in the state. PM Modi appears in three stamped sized pictures on inside page of the booklet.
It bares two pages of message from the leaders, the document includes more pictorial representations. The book highlights government achievements in the diverse fields. Other leaders who finds place in the booklet included Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Sikander Singh Maluka and Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal and state Revenue Minister Bikram Majithia.
A senior leader of the party said: “ The BJP’s role in the two successive state governments is being overlooked, but our party leaders are not speaking openly against it.” BJP legislature party leader Chunni Lal Bhagat said: “ the matter is related to the party’s stand, so it is for party President Vijay Sampla to reply.” Former state BJP chief Kamla Sharma too said: “ Let party chief Sampla speak on the issue.”
Sampla said: “ The booklets highlight the progress of the state, so it will be shown in the name of CM and the Deputy CM. When we talk about the country’s growth, the PM takes the credit. Similarly, in a state, it will be the CM.