Under pressure following the murder of popular singer Sidhu Moose Wala and the humiliating defeat in the Sangrur Lok Sabha bypoll, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Punjab is planning to target former Congress ministers who have been involved in various corruption cases. has come under the scanner. And negating the poor optics resulting from recent events.
A militant Punjab finance minister Harpal Cheema announced on the floor of the House on Wednesday that former “workers” of the previous Congress government, who indulged in widespread corruption, would soon be jailed in the state. Cheema was addressing the House on his budget proposals.
The AAP leader also cited instances of corruption by former ministers, though he chose not to name them. “There are many of them. There have been malpractices in awarding contracts for construction of roads by PWD and at exorbitant rates for construction of bodies of buses procured by the government,” he said. The investigation is going on.
Cheema alleged that a former minister had ordered the purchase of weighing machines for children at twice the market price. “These machines are available for Rs 4,000 to Rs 4,200 per unit, but they were bought at double the rate. Shouldn’t we call it corruption and investigate these cases? He asked.
It was not only Cheema who took the attack to the opposition camp. Even Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, in his concluding speech on the budget proposals, claimed that his government has already started looking at papers that reveal acts of omission and commission by many under the Congress rule. . “Even before we were questioned on this issue, two former ministers have approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court. It proves that they have done something terribly wrong,” he said.
However, Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Partap Singh Bajwa seemed unfazed by the threats. “Please go ahead and investigate irregularities, if any. But don’t target politicians for political reasons. If the politicians did anything wrong, they had the support of the bureaucrats. Take action against them too,” he said.
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