Sukhbir removes his political appointees
Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Tuesday decided not to have any political appointees working with him in official capacity for the time-being.chandigarh Updated: Oct 23, 2012 22:18 IST
Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Tuesday decided not to have any political appointees working with him in official capacity for the time-being.
Acting on the orders of Sukhbir, his political secretary Paramjeet Singh Sidhwan and three officers on special duty (OSDs), Charanjeet Singh Brar, Avtar Singh Vanwala and Gurvinder Singh, have tendered resignations from their respective posts.
On the recommendation of Sukhbir, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has accepted the resignations of the four political appointees with immediate effect.
Though no official word has come from the SAD as to why all the four had been unceremoniously removed, insiders reveal that Sukhbir was unhappy with them as there have been several complaints against them from various sections of people.
Sidhwan was closely associated with senior SAD leader Balwant Singh Ramoowalia in his erstwhile political outfit, the Lok Bhalai Party (LBP). He was associated as political secretary with Sukhbir during the previous tenure of the SAD-BJP.
Charaneet Brar was associated with Manpreet Singh Badal's People's Party of Punjab (PPP) before he decided to quit the PPP to join Sukhbir prior to the state assembly polls in January this year.
Avtar and Gurvinder had been working in Lambi assembly constituency, represented by the chief minister, for several years on behalf of the deputy chief minister.
According to an official release, all four have assured Sukhbir that they would continue to assist him in his political work in the capacity of SAD president.