Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has lambasted Dera Bassi Akali MLA and Chief Parliamentary Secretary (CPS) NK Sharma for not paying his electricity dues amounting to more than Rs. 1 crore pertaining to his real estate business hence causing losses to the state exchequer.AAP senior leader and party spokesperson Sukhpal Singh Khaira said Sharma who is a close associate of SAD, president and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, has been looting the state exchequer with immunity while the Parkash Singh Badal led Punjab government simply looked away.Khaira said such is the influence of Sharma over the SAD-BJP government that even Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) refused to name and shame him as a defaulter and also denied information about his pending power bills sought under the Right to Information (RTI).Khaira said Sharma was already facing two cases under The Environment (protection) Act, 1986, registered by Punjab State Pollution Control Board (PSPCB) for violating various norms during the construction of his real estate projects with impunity near Zirakpur and the surrounding areas.
Khaira said Sharma was also caught red handed in Delhi while illegally distributing money in his car to purchase votes for Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) during the Delhi assembly polls in 2015. " Sharma is lying when he says his entire real estate business is being looked after by his brother" , said Khaira. According to Khaira Sharma is a habitual offender and has close proximity with Sukhbir and other Akali leaders only because of his money minting ability with unfair means. Khaira said Sharma was also known for back stabbing his political master and Akali stalwart late Capt Kanwaljit Singh. AAP would get an independent inquiry against Sharma once voted to power in 2017 and would unravel all his dubious money deals before the public, said Khaira. Khaira also slammed other Akali leaders such as liquor baron Deep Malhotra whose son was caught and fined by Punjab state excise and taxation department for possessing 337 cases of illegal country made liquor.