Navjot Singh Sidhu visits Seechewal, MLA Cheema absent. Kusum Arora, Sultanpur Lodhi, August 5: In an apparent case of political rivalry, Punjab Minister for Local Bodies Navjot Singh Sidhu had to cut shot his visit to Seechewal village on Saturday, after Sultanpur Lodhi MLA Navtej Singh Cheema boycotted the minister’s programme in his constituency.
Navjot Singh Sidhu visits Seechewal, MLA Cheema absent.Before Sidhu could plan a visit to Sultanpur Lodhi, MLA Cheema and his party workers shared their dismay over not being informed well on time and boycotted the minister’s visit. The MLA was upset over the fact that Sidhu spoke to him about his sudden visit on the spot. The minister was on his maiden visit to Seechewal village to study the functioning of the low cost Sewerage Treatment Plants (STP) set up by renowned environmentalist Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal in the village. Following widespread resentment among Cheema’s supporters in the constituency, Sidhu preferred to cut shot his visit and went back. The minister remained at Seechewal for over an hour.Talking to Daily Post, MLA Navtej Singh Cheema said that neither he was informed nor invited for the minister’s visit. “Navjot Singh Sidhu spoke to me over the phone at around 8.30 am today and informed that he was visiting Sultanpur Lodhi. I would have been happy to receive the minister with my supporters but I was not even informed”, he said.Cheema said that whenever a minister visit’s a constituency, the local MLA is informed well on time. “I would bring this matter to the notice of Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, as the party workers were left dejected”, he said, adding that the congress has come to power after 10 years because of the grass roots level workers only.However, Cheema said that there would have been some communication gap between the officials, as a result of which he was not informed. “But the party workers were hurt over today’s incident”, he added. Notably, Navtej Singh Cheema shares a close bond with Capt Amarinder Singh. Party workers maintained that the incident would definitely reach ‘Capt’s Durbar’, as it would set a wrong precedent in the government.
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