Punjab Cong Chief, Senior Minister Offer to Resign amid Political Unrest

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Stung by a latest Punjab and Haryana High Court judgment that gave former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal a clear chit within the Kotkapura firing case, the state authorities on Monday determined to kind a brand new Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the incident. The authorities has additionally determined to file a restricted Special Leave Petition (SLP) enchantment in Supreme Court towards the High Court’s strictures towards the SIT probe head Kunwar Vijay Pratap.

In a dramatic improvement, the Punjab Congress Unit Chief Sunil Jakhar and Cooperation Minister Sukhjinder Randhawa reportedly provided to step down throughout a cupboard assembly to talk about the fallout of the High Court order. Sources stated that they have been upset over the federal government’s alleged political and administrative failure in taking the SIT probe to its logical conclusion.

The transfer got here after Singh expressed his anguish over some ministers attacking the state authorities publicly. He reportedly informed the cupboard that if some ministers didn’t place confidence in him, they need to step down as a substitute of publicly concentrating on the federal government.

Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh is reported to have rejected the resignations.

The excessive court docket order that quashed the Punjab government-appointed SIT probe triggered a political row within the state. The Capt Amarinder Singh-led authorities got here below fireplace from opposition events and its personal occasion leaders. The leaders, together with Navjot Singh Sidhu, accused the Punjab authorities of a `lax probe’ that allowed `Akali Dal leaders like Parkash Singh Badal and Sukhbir Badal’ off the hook.

The court docket had noticed that there was no materials proof to counsel the involvement of the Badals within the firing case that left two protestors lifeless in 2015. The court docket had additionally castigated Vijay Pratap for making an attempt to body Akali Dal leaders within the firing case.

The order, which got here months forward of the polls, had given ammunition to the detractors of Amarinder Singh throughout the occasion over allegedly shielding the Badals. Sidhu had launched a flurry of scathing assaults towards the Chef minister on Twitter after the court docket order.

Sources stated it was determined on the cupboard assembly {that a} new SIT probe was wanted to probe the case to a logical finish. “It will take inputs from the sooner probe which had reached a stage the place a challan was to be filed towards Badals,” sources said. By doing this, the government was trying to dispel the notion that it was trying to shield the Akali dal leaders in the case, they added.

The Akali Dal has already termed the order a vindication and said the Congress party had tried to politicize the issue and take electoral benefits over it.

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