Cong, Akali workers come to blows
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Congress and Akali workers came to blows in New Vishwakarma Nagar here today over the inauguration of a tubewell constructed with the grant provided by local MP Manish Tewari.
According District Congress Committee President Pawan Dewan, the tubewell was constructed with a Rs 10 lakh grant provided by Tewari.
However, he alleged, the local MLA Ranjit Dhillon accompanied by his supporters tried to inaugurate the tubewell.
First, he was prevented by the congress workers but later later amid heavy policy security, Dhillon forcibly inaugurated the tubewell.
Dewan claimed, it was illegal since he could not inaugurate it as it was the prerogative of the MP only as he had provided the Rs 10 lakh from his local area development fund.
When the Congress workers including the party candidate from here Gurmail Pehalwan and others tried to prevent Dhillon from inaugurating it, a minor scuffle broke out and police intervention was needed to control the situation. Dewan said that it has never ever happened in the past and it was the first such incident.
He said, "Although they had shown the guidelines to the police, still they helped Dhillon in inaugurating the tubewell. To avoid such incidents in future, the leaders will also be giving memorandum to the Punjab Governor.
The Akali MLA claimed that he had every right to inaugurate it since the tubewell had been constructed by the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation and he being the local representative should have done it. He said, there was nothing illegal in his inauguration of the tubewell.
Dewan alleged, this was the standard way of the Akalis to steal credit from the work being done by the Congress MP. However, he said, the people will call their bluff as they understand everything.
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