150 buses lined up for- Sukhbir Badalís
District transport officials remained on the beck and call of political bosses of the state throughout the day today. The DTO office remained locked as the officials were busy in ďconfiscatingĒ vehicles for the mega event of Sukhbir Badalís elevation as Deputy Chief Minister at Amritsar tomorrow holding up the public works for the second consecutive day today.
Transporters rued that they were being forced to send their vehicles for the event. DTO Chander Gaind camped in Dana Mandi throughout the day today when the buses were being lined up for the show. He was accompanied by his staff members also who remained on their toes to please their political bosses. All this while, their office in the mini secretariat was locked throughout.
What cannot be cured must be endured. This is not happening for the first time, said an official. He added they had no option but to bow to the wishes of leaders.
Not only SAD leaders but several BJP leaders also kept on demanding buses and cars from the DTO, who was at his wits end to make arrangements. As many as 150 buses were lined up by the evening.
ďIt is saddening that the PM of country is himself going to the transport office in New Delhi to get his licence renewed and a leader, who would be the Deputy Chief Minister tomorrow, is causing harassment to so many people. If it is like this in Ludhiana, what would be the condition in other districts? We do not want such leaders,Ē said Pritam Singh, a resident.
Meanwhile, all was set for the elevation ceremony. The MLAs of the district were given different duties like arranging for the vehicles, food and even leaders to put up a show of strength at Amritsar. All roads were leading to the holy city.
A few gurdwaras were also asked to prepare langar for the army of workers who will be reaching the holy city.