How often have you flown internationally from Amritsar? - 04/11/2008

Mr Sukhbir Badal, MP

President SAD

04 November 2008

Dear Sukhbir,

How often have you flown internationally from Amritsar?

With the marked reduction and cancellation of international services from Amritsar’s Rajasansi International airport, Punjab’s aviation policy, of which you have been arch-promoter, lies in tatters.

Bikramjit Majitha, whilst lording over local Akali politicians and protesting yesterday against this matter, would be well advised to research how often the Badal family has patronised Amritsar airport for international travel.

During the term of this Government where have your numerous overseas visits originated from? Certainly not from Amritsar.

In this period you have not taken a single international flight from Amritsar, preferring Delhi and other metros.

Notwithstanding that Punjabi’s are yet to see a single development initiative arising from your numerous overseas visits, could your reluctance to fly from Amritsar have anything to do with the fact that until recently you were not a baptised Sikh and as such your conscience did not allow you to fly from Amritsar?

Or was this because you actually sought the demise of Amritsar airport to promote the forthcoming Chandigarh International airport, around which numerous vested Akali interests have acquired cheaply large tracts of land, partly by free market purchase but largely by coercion?

Sadly, Punjab today is neither vibrant nor is it flying high. This Government piloting the affairs of Punjab will most certainly ensure a crash landing for Punjab’s economy, heavily indebted farmers and industry.

God help us.

Regards,

Jassi Khangura MLA

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