Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal said on Saturday that he would not comment on the conviction of former SGPC chief Bibi Jagir Kaur by the Patiala CBI court, while denying the possibility of seeking her resignation as party MLA.
"The case will move to higher courts. As I have come to know, Bibi will be appealing against the CBI court order in Punjab and Haryana high court very soon. So I will not comment on the judicial aspects of the case," said the chief minister who was in Patiala to participate in the general body meeting of Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) Engineer's Association.
"As soon as Bibi was convicted, she called me up and offered her resignation as cabinet minister. As and when I receive her written resignation, I will immediately forward it to the Governor for necessary sanction. Since she is going to appeal against the verdict in higher court, I cannot comment further," said the CM.
He also rejected the possibilities of finding a replacement of Jagir Kaur in the state cabinet in the near future.
Badal also announced that in a meeting of power officials on Friday evening, the state government had decided to provide Rs 200 crore as immediate relief for debt-ridden Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd (PSPCL).
He announced that in the demands send to Planning Commission during the formulation of the state annual plan, the Punjab government had decided to demand Rs 300 crore as special grant for the state power sector.
"Growth of power sector is the topmost priority of our government. I will be the first chief minister to demand a special package individually for power sector from the planning commission," said Badal.
Earlier, Badal blamed the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre as root cause of all maladies faced by the country.
Owing to faulty policies of the Union government, the governance in the country had collapsed due to which the country was facing social, economic and political problems, Badal remarked.
"The Union government is bent on usurping powers of state governments due to which the federal structure of the country has turned into a unitary form of government resulting in erosion of administrative base of the country," the CM alleged.