Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday said that his cabinet minister Bikram Majithia would not be resigning from the state council of ministers “in absence of evidence”.
“How could the resignation be sought on the basis of mere newspaper reports, when there is no evidence (against Majithia)?” Badal stated while talking to reporters after the state cabinet meeting here.
He parried away a query on the role of the enforcement directorate (ED), the agency that hit the headlines on the chances of Bikram Majithia to be summoned in the Bhola drug racket case.
“I do not want to go into such things,” Badal quipped, when asked to comment on the West bengal chief minister Mamta Banerjee’s assertions that the ED was being used by the central BP leadership against its rival political parties and leaders.
While the chief minister was reluctant to reply to any further question on the drug menace in Punjab, his deputy chief minister son Sukhbir Badal straightaway avoided the media while coming out of the cabinet meeting.
The ED has so far summoned some bigwigs in the drug racket investigations who mainly included Sarwan Singh Phillaur, who quit as the cabinet minister after his summoning, Phillaur’s son Damanvir Singh, chief parliamentary secretary Avinash Chander, industrialist Chunni Lal Gabba, Gabba’s son Gurmesh Gabba, a local Akali leader in Goraya, and a Jalandhar-based hotelier Kamaljeet Hayer.