Press Reporter News Service
Chandigarh, September 26
Seven outstanding Congress leaders from Doaba have written to Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu towards together with Rana Gurjit Singh within the Punjab Cupboard for his alleged involvement in a sand mining rip-off within the state—a growth that comes forward of a cupboard growth.
The oath-taking ceremony for the remainder of Chief Minister Charanjit Channi’s cupboard is scheduled for 4.30 pm. Rana Gurjit Singh is a in all probability Cupboard minister within the new cupboard (Learn the record of Cupboard probables right here).
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Mohinder Singh Kaypee, ex-president Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee; MLAs Navtej Singh Cheema from Sultanpur Lodhi; Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal from Phagwara; Bawa Henry from Jalandhar North; Raj Kumar from Chabbewal; Pawan Adia from Sham Churasi; and Sukhpal Singh Khaira from Bholath—all leaders from Doaba—have written to Sidhu, and marked a duplicate of the letter to Chief Minister Channi, voicing their opposition to Rana Gurjit Singh’s inclusion.
“We want to convey an enormous resentment amongst the general public and the Congress cadre on the proposed inclusion of tainted Rana Gurjeet Singh,” the letter reads. “He was dropped from the cupboard in January 2018 because of the notorious mining allocation scandal involving him, his household, and his firms instantly. The Punjab authorities had forfeited roughly Rs. 25 crore deposited by his entrance firm M/s Rajbir Enterprises for the mining public sale of the websites in Punjab. We marvel why Rana Gurjeet Singh is being included in Cupboard as he was dropped and has acquired no clear chit from any courtroom or authorities.”
Within the eye of ‘sandstorm’
This marketing campaign towards Rana seems to be led to Khaira, whose current re-entry into the occasion Rana had opposed. Khaira rejoined the occasion in June after a stint with Aam Aadmi Social gathering.
Khaira in the meantime faces corruption allegations himself: he’s being investigated by the Enforcement Directorate after a cross-border drug smuggling community was found in Fazilka.
The letter to the occasion additionally talks about skewed caste dynamics within the proposed cupboard.
“Other than the above said information, it’s amusing that each one the three ministers proposed to be included within the Cupboard from Doaba area are Jatt Sikhs and one is OBC Sikh, whereas there’s roughly 38 per cent Dalit inhabitants on this area,” the letter says. “Due to this fact, all of us request you to right away drop Rana Gurjeet Singh from the proposed Cupboard growth and as a substitute embrace a clear Dalit face in view of the upcoming elections.”
4 of the seven leaders who’ve written the letter—Kaypee, Chabbewal, Adia, and Dhaliwal—are Dalits.
The disgruntled Congress MLAs additionally headed to Patiala to fulfill Sidhu on Saturday afternoon to make their case hours simply hours earlier than new ministers are sworn in.
The letter and the assembly come after some 15 Congress MLAs from Doaba held a gathering and later a signature marketing campaign to bolster their trigger.
Rana Gurjit Singh was pressured to resign from former chief minister Amarinder Singh’s cupboard in 2018 after his identify started to be linked to a mining rip-off within the state.
Opposition to Rana Gurjit Singh’s attainable induction comes solely days after Chief Minister Charanjit Channi vowed to finish corruption within the state when he was sworn in final week.
In the meantime, opposition events latched on to the controversy. Shiromani Akali Dal (Sanyukt) chief Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa mentioned his occasion would strongly oppose the appointment of any “corrupt” chief to the Punjab Cupboard.