No clue why Bajwa is unhappy, says Captain Amarinder
“It is difficult to guess what Bajwa has in mind and what prompted him to rush to the Congress high command”punjab Updated: Nov 03, 2017 21:09 IST
Downplaying Congress’ Rajya Sabha member Partap Singh Bajwa’s reported unhappiness with the state Congress leadership and the government, chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh said he had no idea what grudge he was nurturing. “There had been no problems between the state government and any of the party leaders or MLAs,” said the CM, expressing surprise over Bajwa’s behaviour.
“It is difficult to guess what Bajwa has in mind and what prompted him to rush to the Congress high command,” said Amarinder, adding that he came to know about Bajwa’s remarks through the media. “Bajwa has never discussed anything with me,” the CM said.
“The Congress is an open house where all members are welcome to share their grievances or give feedback,” said Amarinder.
In an interview to a news channel on Wednesday, Bajwa expressed his displeasure with the Amarinder government, a few days after the CM said he believes the former revenue minister and Akali leader Bikram Singh Majithia could be involved in a drug case but “there is no evidence to take action against him”.
“I have sent my resignation to party vice-president Rahul Gandhi as I cannot backtrack from the promise made to people before polls to put Majithia, who is involved in various scams, behind bars,” Bajwa had said.
Denies role in drug case against Khaira
The CM also rejected the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) allegation of vendetta behind the court proceedings against its MLA Sukhpal Khaira. “The state government has no role to play in this and the summons issued to the leader of opposition in a drugs case is a court decision,” he said.
The Congress government did not believe in any interference in judicial matters and the judiciary had taken an independent decision to summon Khaira in the case, the CM said, adding that the judge’s decision must certainly have been merited by some facts.
Khaira had alleged that the court order was a “deep-rooted conspiracy” hatched by the Congress regime in the state to “intimidate and gag” the voices of its political opponents. On October 31, a Fazilka court had sent nine persons to jail in connection with a cross-border heroin smuggling racket, which had surfaced in 2015. The court has summoned Khaira in connection with the case on November 30.
First Published: Nov 03, 2017 19:45 IST