Amritsar, March 13
Much to the annoyance of ordinary passengers, state-run buses were put into service to transport Aam Aadmi party supporters from other districts for the roadshow held here on Sunday.
MP Gurjeet Singh Aujla wasted no time in fraying the AAP. Sharing footage from a Punjabi news channel airing a report highlighting the refueling of state-run buses in Patiala at a gas station, he warned AAP leaders saying “ With great power comes great responsibility.”
Citing a classic example of AAP copying the former SAD government, he said the misuse of public buses should be shut down as it disrupts the daily bus route, ultimately causing inconvenience to thousands of commuters . He skinned AAP for making the necessary arrangements with the Treasury.
Buses carrying AAP activists from across the state came to the holy city to cheer on their leaders, who were led by party supremo Arvind Kejriwal and designate CM Bhagwant Maan, paid their respects at the Golden Temple , Durgiana Temple and Bhagwan Valmiki Temple in Ramtirath. area here. They also organized a presentation tour.
Party officials and district administration said the Chief Secretary handed over Rs 15 lakh to the Deputy Commissioner (DC) Amritsar and Rs 2 lakh to other DCs in the rest of the state to organize a tour presentation for Mann and AAP deputies here. Thus, state-run buses were put into operation to take people from all neighborhoods to the holy city.
Sources said 85 buses were drawn from Ferozepur depot followed by 65 from Sangrur depot, 62 from Pathankot, 50 from Barnala, 32 from Faridkot, 30 from Moga, 22 from Kapurthala, 20 from Fazilka and 15 from Ropar.
Meanwhile, AAP leaders defended the move by saying theirs was a party of ordinary people, who don’t own transport. The government incurred the transportation costs, which went into the coffers of the cash-strapped transportation service.
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