Hungry for CBI probe, Bajwa to launch fast on Jan 19
Wanting the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to grill revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia over alleged drug links, Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa has threatened to launch chain hunger strike from January 19 to intensify the heat.
He declared the strategy during the Chakka Jam (traffic blocade) agitation on Thursday at the Landran T-point in SAS Nagar district, where nearly 200 participants were led by local Congress legislator Balbir Singh Sidhu and member of Parliament Ravneet Singh Bittu.
Asked if any disciplinary action was coming the way of former chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh for his opposing the party's demand for a CBI inquiry, Bajwa said: "He is a big leader, and action is taken only against small leaders such as me."
Asked if he as state party president had recommended any action against Amarinder, he dodged the question again, saying: "I'm not here to discuss individuals. We are moving the Punjab and Haryana high court for a CBI inquiry into the drug-trade allegations against some Punjab ministers, as Punjab Police have lost their credibility."
He said he did not understand why the chief minister was reluctant to order an inquiry against a minister when Punjab Police had arrested 50 other people named by drug lord Jagdish Bhola. "The CM has given clean chit to two of his cabinet colleagues, Gulzar Singh Singh Ranike and Sikandar Singh Maluka, already in other scandals," he said.
Reacting to the union government's restoring the special industrial incentives to Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand until March 31, 2017, Bajwa said it was uncalled for but he would speak with the industry minister. "The Punjab CM never demanded any special package for the state's industry; he only ruined it," he said.