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Cong MLA’s absence at toll plaza protest raises eyebrows

Ludhiana: As all Congress MLAs and councillors attempted to provide an image of unity by way of supporting their celebration MP Ravneet Bittu in staging a protest at the toll plaza, and preserving it closed for nearly two days, the absence of Rakesh Pandey — the Congress MLA from North constituency — raised several eyebrows. Pandey didn't join within the protest on both the days. While different MLAs, including cabinet minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu, camped at the plaza on Friday evening, Pandey didn't seem even as soon as.
It is not the first time Pandey has given a omit to a programme organized by way of the district Congress management, especially MP Ravneet Bittu. At the time MC was once about to dismantle unlawful structures close to Jagraon Bridge for reconstruction, Bittu and different leaders had long gone to the realm to persuade encroachers to leave the place. Even at that time, Pandey didn't cross to the spot, despite the realm being in his constituency. And lately, Pandey additionally demanded a price ticket for contesting the MP elections from Ludhiana constituency.

When requested about his absence from the protest, Pandey said: “I did not obtain any message from Congress MP Ravneet Bittu to reach there. Moreover, I do not believe in changing into part of any type of task that inculcates fallacious behavior among other folks.” Bittu, then again, alternatively, said: “The protest was once for the reason for public welfare, so MLA Pandey should have come on his personal.” He said he had now not despatched legitimate invitations to different MLAs as smartly.

In the protest, Congress MLA from East (Sanjay Talwar), from Central constituency (Surinder Dawar), and Gill constituency (Kuldeep Vaid) had come. But excluding Pandey, even councillors from his workforce didn't cross there, except district Congress president Ashwani Sharma.

‘Not knowledgeable about funds meeting’

Congress MLA Rakesh Pandey claimed he and his workforce of councillors were unaware of the MC funds meeting, and weren't delivered the meeting’s schedule. He said this is why councillors from North constituency didn't attend the meeting. On the opposite hand, MC secretary Tajinder Panchi denied the allegation, and said they had circulated the schedule to everyone prior to the meeting.

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