Though Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has protested against the Union Health Ministry’s failure to invite him for the function to the lay the foundation for the PGI satellite centre at Sangrur, the veteran leader seems to be getting a taste of his own medicine.
Congress MPs and MLAs have been protesting against the State government for ignoring them at official functions in their respective constituencies. Gidderbaha MLA Amarinder Singh Raja Warring staged a protest recently when Mr. Badal ignored him at a Sangat Darshan programme to give away grants to villages.
Even the cricketer-turned-politician, Navjot Singh Sidhu, has been upset that he is not invited to official functions in Amritsar, which he represents in the Lok Sabha for the BJP, an ally of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal.
However, Mr. Badal has recently attempted to show his political astuteness, taking along as he did Leader of the Opposition Sunil Jhakhar to present an “integrated plan” of Rs. 3,327.57 crore to the Planning Commission to resolve the problems stemming from the receding groundwater and to prevent water-logging in different parts of the State.
The former Union Minister and Rajya Sabha member, Ashwani Kumar, had also earned the displeasure of his party leaders whom he did not invite for the inauguration of an elderly retreat home at Jeevanwal Babri in Gurdaspur district, while inviting Mr. Badal. Surprisingly, Pradesh Congress Committee president Partap Singh Bajwa, who is the party MP from Gurdaspur, was excluded from the function.