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Land deals: Cong benches keener for probe, says CM

punjab Updated: Nov 08, 2013 23:41 IST
Sanjeev Bhalla
Sanjeev Bhalla
Hindustan Times
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For the government investigation into the land deals of state Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa, his own party was keener, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has said.

It wasn't the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) but "strangely" the Congress legislators who had been demanding investigation in the assembly, CM said here on Friday, on the sidelines of the state-level scholarship distribution function. "Everyone witnessed it. We have not initiated any investigation, so far, and to me, both NK Sharma and Bajwa stand at the same level," said Badal.

The CM also denied that vendetta was his game. "I will not indulge in it at any cost," he said, adding: "Former Congress chief minister Amarinder Singh did, by using his media adviser, BS Chahal, to lay false charges against my family and even my servants. After 13 years of legal battle, all are acquitted," he said.

Industrialists didn't contact me: Badal

The state government would not take any action in haste, he further said. Speaking on the state industrialists' opposing new taxes, Badal said: "I am available to everyone round the clock. If they had approached me, I would have solved the matter by now."

Reminded of the industrialists' meeting with deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal a few months ago, the CM said: "Then the deputy CM must be close to finding a solution." Chief parliamentary secretary and Jalandhar North legislator KD Bhandari also intervened on the media query and said: "In a day or two, we'll apprise the CM of the industrialists' demands in the presence of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state president Kamal Sharma."

'Modi's security also Centre's duty'

Speaking on the security of Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi during his upcoming visit to Punjab, Badal said: "He is the prime ministerial candidate of the NDA (National Democratic Alliance) and to ensure his security is the duty of both the state and the Centre." He denied withdrawing the security cover of Congress legislators in Muktsar and Bathinda, and said the state government was only following the Supreme Court's directions.

Declining to comment on the radicals' march in Jalandhar, he appealed to the media to not carry reports that threatened peace. Education minister Sikandar Singh Maluka and transport minister Ajit Singh Kohar were present.

Jalandhar, government investigation into the land deals of state Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa, his own party was keener, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has said.

It wasn't the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) but "strangely" the Congress legislators who had been demanding investigation in the assembly, CM said here on Friday, on the sidelines of the state-level scholarship distribution function. "Everyone witnessed it. We have not initiated any investigation, so far, and to me, both NK Sharma and Bajwa stand at the same level," said Badal.