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'Badals triggered the war, now we will hound them'

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  CHANDIGARH, November 15, 2013
First Published: 01:05 IST(15/11/2013) | Last Updated: 11:27 IST(15/11/2013)

Mired in his worst political crisis since he took over the reins of the Punjab Congress in March, Gurdaspur MP Partap Singh Bajwa on Thursday hit out at the ruling Badal family, charging it with political vendetta in the name of investigating his controversial land deals near Chandigarh.


"It's 100% political vendetta. The fight is not going to end here; it has just started," a combative Bajwa said while interacting with journalists at the Leaderspeak@HT programme.

The Majha chieftan's riposte has come amid a move spearheaded by revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia to probe into Bajwa's land deals that have rocked the state politics for the past three weeks or so.

While accepting that the title of his land transaction was under the scrutiny of the Punjab and Haryana high court, Bajwa accused the Badal government of singling him out of thousands of similar cases.

"I dare the government to order a CBI probe," he said, adding: "Let chief minister Parkash Singh Badal set a cut-off date after which all shamlat (panchayat) land bought by anyone in the capital's periphery should be surrendered. I shall be the first one to surrender my land."

On Capt Amarinder Singh asking him to come clean on his land deals, Bajwa reacted with a caustic tinge, "I don't need directions from those facing criminal cases." Details, Page 2

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