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Akali-turned-Congress leader alleges vendetta

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Amritsar, July 06, 2014
First Published: 21:58 IST(6/7/2014) | Last Updated: 22:03 IST(6/7/2014)

The decision of the district administration directing a government school teacher to vacate the government house allotted to he, has raised many an eye brow, as she happens to be the mother-in-law of Mandeep Singh Manna, former Akali leader who joined the Congress ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

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The notice dated June 25 was issued by deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat to Rajinder Kaur, a teacher at the Government Senior Secondary School located in the Putligarh area of the city. The notice was issued on the complaint of one Bachan Singh, a resident of Lahori Gate .

As per the notice, the DC has asked the teacher to reply within seven days, stating the reason as to why she should not vacate the house number 32 on Taylor Road, as according to the rules, a school teacher is not entitled to the said accommodation.

"The orders by the DC have been issued on the directions of revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia, as I dared him to join the Congress. It is a clear case of political vendetta and I demand an answer from chief minister Parkash Singh Badal who goes on claiming that there is no such vendetta in the state," said Mandeep Singh Manna at a press conference here on Sunday.

Manna claimed that the house in contention was first allotted to his father-in-law and district sports officer, Inderjit Singh, and on his transfer from Amritsar, it was transferred to the name of his mother-in-law. The orders to this effect were issued by the then DC in 2007 after the file was cleared by the chief minister.

"As long as I was with the Akalis, no one issued any notice for vacation. Now that I have joined the Congress and also worked for the victory of Capt Amarinder Singh from Amritsar, the notice has been issued", he said.

Manna alleged that Majithia was behind the issuance of the notice, as he had been threatening him ever since he joined the Congress. He feared that Majithia could get him or his family members implicated in false criminal cases, as having been close to him he was aware of his style of functioning.

"If my mother-in-law was not entitled to the said accommodation, then why was she allotted the house. There are a number of others in the government colony on Taylor Road, who are illegally occupying houses. What does the administration propose to do with them?",  he asked while citing some cases.

He said that he would be taking legal remedies in the case.

MAJITHIA DENIES CHARGE
Majithia, on the other hand, denied the allegations levelled by Manna, saying, "It is a purely administrative matter and I have nothing to do with it".

The minister's media adviser, Sarchand Singh, said that the notice was issued in accordance with the rules governing allotment of government accommodation.

"Manna is giving the matter a political colour, perhaps to get some political mileage out of it", he added.

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