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Mittal-Sidhu standoff resolved: Punjab CM

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Anandpur Sahib, November 18, 2012
First Published: 10:39 IST(18/11/2012) | Last Updated: 10:45 IST(18/11/2012)

Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday said health minister Madan Mohan Mittal and chief parliamentary secretary Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu had resolved their standoff arising out of the sting operations conducted by Sidhu against government doctors doing private practice.

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"Both are responsible leaders and I have great respect for them. They have already settled the matter amicably," Badal said while talking to reporters on the sidelines of the annual athletics meet of Sri Dashmesh Academy here.

Badal refused to comment on Mittal's claim that the chief parliamentary secretary did not have the right to conduct sting operations. The chief minister also evaded a reply to a query as to whether he supported the sting operations.

Responding to another question whether action should be taken against government doctors doing private practice, Badal said whoever indulged in a wrongdoing should be punished.

Badal demanded that those responsible for the attack on members of the Delhi unit of the Shiromani Akali Dal at Gurdwara Sri Rakabganj Sahib on Thursday should be punished.

He asked the Centre as well as the Congress to desist from deliberately delaying the general elections to the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee. "The Centre and the Congress should stop interfering in religious affairs of Sikhs," Badal said.

Replying to a query, the chief minister said the Congress MPs from Punjab had got a considerable share in the union ministry with four ministers, who should now mount pressure on the union government for seeking more development projects and schemes for the state.
 
Badal said Punjab had been a target of blatant neglect by the Centre as no major public sector project came to the state, and now people had high hopes from these ministers. He hoped that the long-pending rail link between Anandpur Sahib and Garhshankar would also materialise soon.

He emphasised the need to impart preparatory training to students on the pattern of the National Defence Academy to enable them to join the armed forces. The chief minister gave away prizes and trophies to the winners of athletics meet besides inaugurating an exhibition.

Prominent among those present on the occasion included cabinet minister Surjeet Singh Rakhra, Rajya Sabha MP Balwinder Singh Bhunder, Rupnagar MLA Daljeet Singh Cheema, special principal secretary to the chief minister KJS Cheema, deputy commissioner PK Aggarwal and SSP Inder Mohan Singh.

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