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Disgraced MP's homecoming a sombre affair

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, May 12, 2013
First Published: 10:27 IST(12/5/2013) | Last Updated: 10:30 IST(12/5/2013)

In complete contrast to the tumultuous welcomes he was used to during his earlier homecomings as local MP and later a union minister, the return of disgraced former railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal to his private residence in Sector 28 on Saturday evening was a sombre affair.

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A day after he was forced to relinquish the coveted portfolio in the wake of the arrest of his nephew Vijay Singla last week by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on charge of accepting a bribe of Rs90 lakh for appointments in the railway board, the four-time Congress MP from Chandigarh protested his innocence and asserted that he would come clean from the case that has cast a shadow on his political career.

"I will emerge clean from the allegations leveled against me," said Bansal after reaching the city, along with his wife.

"I have nothing to do with the incident. The CBI is investigating the matter and I do not have anything to do with the incident," said the MP, who arrived here to attend a wedding in the family.

Interestingly, the lane approaching his house was deserted and only mediapersons were present to get his comments.

This was in total contrast to his earlier visits to the City Beautiful when the lane used to abuzz with Congress leaders and workers, be it during or after parliamentary elections or when he became the union railway minister around six months ago. No Congress councillor or leader was seen at the MP's residence, unlike earlier occasions when the local leadership made a beeline to seek Bansal's blessings.

Bansal's entire family, including his two sons, were at home when the media thronged the house.

Meanwhile, the local Congress leaders are scheduled to gather at the Bansal's residence in Sector 28 at 9am on Sunday to show solidarity with the MP.

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