Grand Congress leader Sukhinder Singh Randhawa on Tuesday asked Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann to urge Punjab Police to question former Captain Amarinder Singh and then Congress ministers and MLAs who accused him of engaging in corrupt practices and illegal sand mining. welcome Mann’s decision to dismiss Health Minister Vijay Singhla From the Cabinet on corruption charges, and his detention and arrest shortly afterwards, Randawa, the former deputy prime minister, asked him to “expose” the former ministers to the public.
“I welcome Bhagwant Mann’s move to take action against Vijay Singla. But Mann should question Captain Amarinder Singh, ex-congress ministers and MLAs. Immediate action must be taken against all of them. Speaking to the Indian Express, Randhawa said, “Police should contact Amarinder Singh and look for him.” List of former ministers and MLAs who he said were involved in illegal practices.
Noting that “there should be no mere rhetoric” for “the marketing and defamation of a political party,” Randhawa added that the reference made by Mann should be taken to a reasonable conclusion.
While announcing Singla’s removal from the Cabinet for allegedly seeking a 1 per cent commission on tenders, Mann, in an apparent reference to Amarinder Singh, said, “Opposition parties will say that the AAP minister was found to be involved in corruption within two months of the formation of the government. But I want To tell them I took action and the opposition didn’t know about it. Their prime ministers were saying they knew their ministers were dealing with the mafia. So why didn’t they take any action against them? I not only fired my minister, but also directed the police to take action against him. We will bring change to the country. “.
After his unofficial exit from the CM position last year, Amarinder, in his resignation letter, said he regretted the lack of action against congressional secretaries and MLAs involved in illegal sand mining. He claimed that what stopped him was thinking it would embarrass Congress. Amarinder added that he already intends to publish the list of these politicians which the bureaucracy and state intelligence have given him from time to time.
Amarinder was not available on the phone for comment. Nor did he respond to the text sent to him.
Randhawa said that apart from corruption, Mann should also focus on the drug issue and hold accountable the bureaucrats who were instrumental in getting the electricity purchase agreement signed during the previous regime led by Shiromani Akali Dal and went on to hold important positions in the subsequent Congress government.
Dera Baba Nanak MLA further said that with “looking at the upcoming assembly elections (in another state)”, the AAP government may take action against two to three other ministers.
Former state congress president Sunil Jakkar, who recently switched to the BJP, described the decision to dismiss Singla as a “very bloody and courageous move” on the part of Mann’s leadership and the AAP. “However, there were murmurs from the first day after the AAP formed the government that something like this would happen sooner or later as the ruling party would try to turn its weakness into a virtue. The scathing process reports (on its minister) seem to confirm this.
“There are more than 40 AAP MLAs who have a background they are not proud of. The AAP government has tried to give it an idea and highlight the measure as having zero tolerance for corruption…,” he said, adding that the AAP is trying to kill two birds with one stone.
Meanwhile, Akali Daljit Singh Cheema’s spokesman welcomed Mann’s decision but highlighted “there were accusations of corruption against a minister from the AAP within two months of the party forming the government” in the state.
SDP Vice President and former MP Prem Singh Chandumagra said, “This is a good thing. It would be better if he (Man) continues with such a practice.”