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Don’t enact drama of confidence motion, bribery allegations can only be verified by independent inquiry: Sukhbir Badal asks CM

PUNJAB NEWS LINE | September 20, 2022 03:40 PM

AMRITSAR: Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal today asked chief minister Bhagwant Mann not to enact the drama of a confidence vote, saying bribery allegations could only be verified by an independent inquiry by the CBI or the high court and that no purpose could be achieved by calling a special session of the Vidhan Sabha.

In a statement here, the SAD President said “we had forewarned Punjabis that the AAP government will ape its counterpart in Delhi who had also called a special session of the State assembly after allegedly ‘defeating’ attempts by the BJP to poach its legislators”. He said now the same was being done in Punjab at the expense of the State exchequer despite the fact that the government enjoyed a brute majority and there was no demand from it to subject itself to a confidence vote.

Asking the chief minister to give his nod for a CBI inquiry or one monitored by the high court, Mr Sukhbir Badal said “if you have nothing to hide you should not be afraid of an independent probe into the bribery allegations”. He said the very fact that AAP had called for a special session in the run up to the assembly elections in Himachal and Gujarat indicated that it wanted to give the impression that while Congress legislators were saleable, its MLAs had rebuffed attempts to purchase their loyalty.

Telling the chief minister to discuss real issues in the forthcoming assembly session, Mr Badal said issues like the Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) canal crisis, the need to seek immediate transfer of Chandigarh to Punjab and the excise scam should be included in the agenda.

He said chief minister Bhagwant Mann had weakened Punjab’s stance on the SYL canal by standing by meekly when AAP Convener Bhagwant Mann announced that Haryana and Delhi also had a right over the River waters of Punjab. Mr Badal said this was not all. “The chief minister did not oppose the Haryana government’s move seeking allotment of land to the State in Chandigarh for building a new Vidhan Sabha building”. He said the excise policy also needed to be discussed because it was tailor made to collect kickbacks of more than Rs 500 crore at the expense of the State exchequer. “Appropriate resolutions in keeping with the sentiments of Punjabis should be taken up for approval on all these three issue”.

Stating that these as well as other issues including the crisis in the agriculture sector due to the government’s refusal to compensate farmers for either crop damage, lumpy skin disease or the latest dwarf virus which was set to reduce yield of paddy should also be taken up for discussion in the special session. “Instead of doing all this, the AAP government and its chief minister are bent on doing politics by going in for a self congratulatory exercise”, Mr Badal added.

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