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Friday, 7 August 2020

Expel MPs Bajwa, Dullo, demand Punjab Cabinet ministers

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 6

Two days after PPCC chief Sunil Jakhar sought strict action against party MPs Partap Singh Bajwa and Shamsher Singh Dullo, the entire state cabinet on Thursday demanded the duo's immediate expulsion for "anti-party" activities.

Jakhar today met CM Capt Amarinder Singh to discuss the matter. The actions of the two Rajya Sabha MPs call for immediate and strict action against them by the party high command, said the ministers, seeking their dismissal for attacking their own government in the state over the spurious liquor tragedy.

The ministers, in a joint statement, called for the whip to be immediately cracked on the two MPs without any laxity or delay. Indiscipline could not be tolerated at any time, least of all when the state Assembly elections were less than two years way, they said, pointing to the MPs' repeated attacks on the state government, including the CM.

The ministers said the two MPs had never bothered to raise any issue in the Rajya Sabha that concerned the interests of the state.

The ministers said by bypassing all party and government forums to protest against the government handling of the liquor tragedy and to approach the Governor for CBI and ED inquiries, the two MPs had not only attacked the very basis of democratic governance but had also sought to undermine the Punjab Police, which were effectively cracking down on the liquor mafia.

Meanwhile, Punjab affairs incharge and AICC general secretary Asha Kumari today met the CM and the PPCC chief. She has been tasked by the party high command to inquire into the matter, it is learnt.

She said she was waiting for a report from the PPCC president. "Since the MPs come under the purview of the AICC, I can only submit my report to the party high command," she said.

Reacting to the ministers' demand, Bajwa and Dullo said if the performance of the party could not be criticised even if the government was working against the interest of the public, then it was against the principles of democracy.



from The Tribune https://ift.tt/3ieiOIn

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