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Sand mining ‘scam’: Will expose dirty deals of all Congress MLAs, says Sukhbir Badal

SAD-BJP to hold statewide protests to demand power minister Rana Gurjit’s dismissal on June 9

punjab Updated: Jun 05, 2017 08:55 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal and Punjab BJP chief Vijay Sampla at a joint core committee meet in Jalandhar.
SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal and Punjab BJP chief Vijay Sampla at a joint core committee meet in Jalandhar.(Pardeep Pandit/HT)

Upping the ante against Punjab power and irrigation minister Rana Gurjit Singh, the Shiromani Akali Dal and Bharatiya Janata Party joint core committee meeting on Saturday decided to hold protests at all district headquarters in the state on June 9 to demand his immediate dismissal.

The minister has been accused of acquiring sand mines through ‘benami’ transactions during the recent auction.

Terming it an “open-and-shut case”, the parties alleged instead of taking action against Rana Gurjit, the Congress government had started a “cover-up exercise”.  A joint delegation of the two parties will also submit a memorandum to the state governor on June 14 to demand a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation, enforcement directorate and income tax authorities.

The joint core committee meeting, presided over by SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal and Punjab BJP chief Vijay Sampla, decided to hold the protest outside the offices of deputy commissioners between 11am and 2pm on June 9. 

Sukhbir alleged that Justice JS Narang (retd), who is heading the one-man judicial inquiry ordered by chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh into the sand mine auction, is close to Rana Gurjit, a fact, which he claimed, had not been denied by either of them or the government.  

The former deputy CM said the SAD-BJP would expose all “dirty deals” of other Congress legislators as well. “As many as 17 mines went to single bidders close to Congress MLAs, which indicates the entire process was tailor-made to transfer all mining sites to Congressmen,” he said. 

Sukhbir also asked the government to immediately announce a complete farm loan waiver, as promised by the Congress ahead of the assembly elections, to prevent farmer suicides. 

BJP leader Vijay Sampla, meanwhile, spoke at length about the spate of Dalit atrocities across the state.  

“We will highlight the Congress government’s two-and-a-half-month performance and expose it during the forthcoming Vidhan Sabha session,” he said. 

The meeting was also attended by senior SAD leaders Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Balwinder Singh Bhunder, Prem Singh Chandumajra, Ajit Singh Kohar, Daljeet Cheema, Bikram Singh Majithia and BJP leaders Anil Jain, Manoranjan Kalia, Tarun Chugh, Madan Mohan Mittal, Kamal Sharma, Rajinder Bhandari and Ashwani Sharma.

First Published: Jun 04, 2017 09:45 IST

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