Punjab Congress grapples with former ministers’ arrests, cases and desertions

Ahead of the Sangrur Lok Sabha elections, the opposition Congress party is facing a bizarre crisis as four of its former ministers are in the dock with allegations of corruption and four turned to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) few days ago.

While the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has engaged its six ministers in the election campaign in Sangrur, the Congress camp is engaged in protecting their leaders, from government action in alleged corruption cases and from BJP poaching. While the former Minister of Social Welfare and Forests, Sadhu Singh Dharamsut, was placed in judicial custody for 14 days on Monday, days after being held under the Prevention of Corruption Act for allegedly seeking bribes in the issuance of logging and procurement permits, another former minister Sanghat Singh Gilzian was also in custody. In the same FIR.

Two other ex-ministers, including Trypat Rajinder Singh Bajwa and Bharat Bhushan Acho, who is also the acting chair of the PPCC, are facing two different investigations.

Former Chairman of the Palestinian People’s Protection Committee Navjot Singh Sidu is already under a heavy prison sentence in a road rage case in the Patiala Central Prison.

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Only on Sunday, Punjab’s vigil office commissioned an investigation to Ludhiana Vigilance SSP to look into alleged irregularities to the tune of Rs 2,000 crore in the allocation of labor and transport tenders for raising grain. The investigation was launched after a representative of small business and transport contractors submitted a complaint to VB in this regard. Ashu moved the Supreme Court on Monday, requesting that he be released on advance bail and a lengthy notice period if he should be arrested.

Earlier on Saturday, Punjab’s Minister of Rural Development and Panchayats Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal held a press conference in Amritsar to say that his predecessor and former Congress Minister Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa had authorized the sale of panchayat land in Bhagtupura village on GT Road at the model of a code of conduct. was in place. Dhaliwal said he ordered an investigation into the case. He said the panchayat tracks and aqueducts create an obstacle to a nearby colony of more than 150 acres. It is alleged that the Bajwa colluded with the colonizer and allowed the passage of the passages and aqueduct to be sold at a meager price of Rs 43,000 per acre, while the market price is Rs 7.5 crore.

Bajwa said that all of this was a gimmick before the Sengur Bay Bull, “How is it that since the announcement of the Sengur Bay Bull, the former secretaries of Congress have been in the dock? You must understand all this for yourself.”

He added that files were routinely scanned. “It is the Higher Administrative Committee that decides the collection rate. A minister does not do that. How is the minister responsible for selling the price at any price?”

Before the series of investigations, the Congress faced embarrassing defections when at least four of its former ministers, including Balbir Sidu, Sunder Sham Arora, Gurpreet Kangar and Dr. Raj Kumar Virka, joined in in the presence of Federal Home Minister Amit Shah. Even before that, the former head of the Palestinian People’s Protection Committee, Sunil Jakkar, joined the BJP in Delhi.

Meanwhile, the association on Monday published six cabinet ministers for its candidate, Gurmel Singh. Among the Cabinet Ministers who campaigned were Brahma Shankar Gemba in Sangurur, Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal in Dhori, Gurmeet Singh Mit Haier in Parnala, Harpal Singh Cheema of Derpa, Harpajan Singh ETO in Malerkotla, Dr Baljit Kaur in Bhadaur and Laljit Singh Bhullar in Lehra.

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