Ahmed joins hunger strike, reiterates CBI probe demand
All-India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary and Punjab party affairs incharge Shakeel Ahmed joined the relay hunger strike called by the state unit, here, demanding a CBI probe into the naming of Punjab cabinet minister Bikram Singh Majithiachandigarh Updated: Jan 27, 2014 23:40 IST
All-India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary and Punjab party affairs incharge Shakeel Ahmed joined the relay hunger strike called by the state unit, here, demanding a CBI probe into the naming of Punjab cabinet minister Bikram Singh Majithia in the synthetic drug racket case. Punjab Pradesh Congress committee chief (PPCC) Partap Singh Bajwa accompanied him.
Addressing party workers, Ahmed said that the state police would not be able to investigate the case in which drug smugglers from several states and countries were involved.
"The SAD-BJP government is shielding drug traffickers," he alleged.
He said that it was moral duty of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal to let the CBI conduct an inquiry.
"The Akali leaders will get a clean- chit, if they are not involved, but the CBI must be allowed to investigate," he said.
On whether the party was considering any disciplinary action against former Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh for opposing the CBI probe, Ahmed said the party did not endorse Amarinder's view, which was his personal opinion.
He refused to respond to a query on whether Amarinder's stand had damaged the party in Punjab and strengthened the hands of the SAD-BJP government.
Coffee diplomancy to bring truce between Amarinder, Bajwa
Ahmed also played mediator between state Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa and former Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh. He said that Bajwa, Amarinder and other senior Congress leaders took coffee at the party office in Chandigarh.
"There was no visible difference at the election committee meeting. The atmosphere was congenial," claimed Ahmed.
First Published: Jan 27, 2014 23:30 IST