Even as it has given the opposition Congress ammunition for a no-confidence motion, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state president Kamal Sharma on Tuesday said here that his party stood by the demand that Akali revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia be asked to resign over the Enforcement Directorate (ED) summons in the drug scandal.
“As far as the no-confidence motion is concerned,” he said, “the Congress is trying to destabilise the state, while we seek the resignation of only one minister.” Asked why a few BJP ministers had not supported the demand, Sharma said he couldn’t comment on individual opinions. “The party stand is clear to me, and we put it before the chief minister,” he said. Asked to react to a former minister’s stating that “Majithia should not resign”, Sharma said, whoever had said so should also give reasons. “The party stance is that anybody summoned in a drug case should quit the government posts to allow free investigation,” said Sharma.
The stand has angered the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), and it was evident during a party press conference on Tuesday here. “Instead of asking Majithia to resign, the state BJP president should stop the national leaders of his party from giving cheap statements every day,” said SAD Jalandhar urban president Gurchraan Singh Channi. The district unit also passed a resolution of clean chit to Majithia in the drug case.
“The state BJP president’s making a demand does not make our minister guilty,” said Youth Akali Dal Doaba zone president Sarbjot Sabbi.