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Manpreet Badal supports Sidhu on permanent solution to cable mafia in Punjab

After becoming a minister, Sidhu has been vociferously speaking against cable mafia and pitching for level playing field while targeting the SAD-BJP’s “favourite” private multi-system operator.

punjab Updated: Aug 03, 2017 22:18 IST
Punjab finance minister Manpreet Badal
Punjab finance minister Manpreet Badal (HT File Photo)

Punjab finance minister Manpreet Badal on Thursday came out in support of his colleague Navjot Singh Sidhu seeking to conduct an audit of a private cable operator which he had accused of evading taxes to the tune of Rs 20,000 crore, saying the Cabinet will discuss the matter threadbare.

To a question on Sidhu’s demand for permanent solution to eliminate cable mafia from the state, which he alleged was being “sheltered” by the previous SAD-BJP government, Badal said, “He (Sidhu) has a point.”

On Wednesday, Sidhu had sought permission from chief minister Amarinder Singh to audit a private multi-system operator (MSO) in the cable business asserting, “It is necessary to come out with a permanent solution to rein in cable mafia.”

After becoming a minister, Sidhu has been vociferously speaking against cable mafia and pitching for level playing field while targeting the SAD-BJP’s “favourite” private multi-system operator.

Sidhu had said he would also take this matter to the cabinet.

Badal on Thursday said the Cabinet will arrive at a collective decision on this issue.

“I am sure Sidhu sahib will bring this issue to the cabinet and it will discuss the matter threadbare. We will arrive at a collective decision,” he said.