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Political vendetta or not, Bajwa must come clean: Captain

Ravinder Vasudeva, Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, November 22, 2013
First Published: 23:48 IST(22/11/2013) | Last Updated: 00:06 IST(23/11/2013)

Former Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Friday diassociated himself from senior state Congress leaders' stand that the inquiry into Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Partap Singh Bajwa's land deals is a case of political vendetta by the SAD-BJP government.

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"I am not sure if it is a case of political vendeta. How can anybody say so when he is not part of the investigation process? It could go either way. But it's a case where Bajwa must clarify himself and has to come clean," Amarinder said while talking to select mediapersons during a stopover here on his return from Ferozepur.

On the outcome of the state government's "fact-finding" committee, which reportedly found that the land procured by Bajwa's firm at Bhronjian village in SAS Nagar district was shamlat deh (village common land) and could not be sold, he said, "I don't know what kind of involvment the SAD-BJP government has in conducting the probe. I will not comment on it. If Bajwa is clean, he will come clean in the report as well," he said.

However, taking a dig at Bajwa, he said, "Let the people of Punjab decide if he is right or wrong. My statements at this time will not be appropriate."

Amarinder dismissed recent claims made by chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and deputy CM Sukhbir Badal that Punjab would become power-surplus after the starting of power plants at Mansa and Rajpura.
"It is again an eyewash. The power produced in these thermal plants is not meant for Punjab. Both plants would give power to the national grid, which will allocate the quota to the state," he said.

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