Accusing the ruling Badals of having “double standards” when dealing with relatives in the Punjab cabinet, the Aam Aadmi Party on Monday said they seemed to have different yardsticks for different people.
“The issue is of equality among peers, equality before law and equality on the basis of caste and social standing as displayed in the case of former minister Sarwan Singh Phillaur, whose son had been summoned by the Enforcement Directorate, versus minister Bikram Singh Majithia, who has also been named. Why should the propriety go out of the CM functioning when his close relatives are involved? He has to show sagacity, even-handed dealing and statesmanship because he is the CM and not father-in-law of Harsimrat Badal, the sister of Majithia, when dealing with quasi-judicial matters,” AAP Punjab convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur said in a statement.
He said the AAP wanted immediate dismissal/removal of Majithia from the Punjab cabinet and a CBI inquiry if PM Narendra Modi is sincere about his Mann Ki Baat radio address on the drug issue. “AAP believes that the receivers and senders of drug consignments are never brought before law but only the couriers get sentenced. The actual beneficiaries remain behind the scenes. This is actually a test case for the enforcement authorities to believe what arrested druglord Jagdish Bhola revealed in his confessions because other co-accused have also been caught based on his confession, then why make an exception in case of Majithia and doubt the veracity of Bhola’s confession in this particular case. It will seem a ridiculous piece of investigation if Majithia gets a clean chit whereby it will become obvious that there are two sets of rules -- one for ordinary criminals and second for well-heeled and connected ones,” he added.