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Punjab CM ousts Vijay Singla from his Cabinet on corruption charges

We have to make Punjab corruption free, won’t put up with any kind of bribery or malversation: CM Bhagwant Mann

No matter how influential corrupt person is, whether it is our MLA or minister, will not be spared: Bhagwant Mann

Accused of corruption-mafia will not be sheltered like previous governments, strict action will be taken immediately: Bhagwant Mann

In 75 years, only two such examples: first, in 2015 by Kejriwal government in Delhi and second in Punjab today: Bhagwant Mann

Chandigarh :

Proving his government’s firm commitment to make Punjab a corruption free state, the Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann today dismissed Health Minister Dr Vijay Singla for seeking 1% commission in department headed by him.

“My government is having zero tolerance towards corruption and no one, howsoever affluent he may be, will be allowed to continue such malpractices , said the Chief Minister.

The Chief Minister categorically said that he had dismissed Dr Singla from his Cabinet and asked the Police to register case against him. He said that since the case was only in his knowledge so he could have easily buried it or ignored it. However, Bhagwant Mann said that after taking oath at sacred soil of Khatkar Kalan he had vowed to make Punjab corruption free and this is a historic step towards this cause.

The Chief Minister said that people had chosen them for transparent and corruption free system and he is duty bound to fulfil the aspirations of every Punjabi. He said that for 75 years of Indian Independence there is no such parallel in the state whereas Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had taken such a bold step 2015 when he had dismissed his Food and Supply Minister on charges of corruption. Bhagwant Mann said that the message is loud and clear that corrupt practices will not be allowed in the state.

The Chief Minister unequivocally said that his predecessors had been shielding the corrupt and then saying that they knew about corruption being done by their ministers. However, Bhagwant Mann said that such practices would not be tolerated in Punjab now. He said that Dr Singla has admitted his crime and now the law will take its own course.

Taking a dig at the opposition, the Chief Minister said that they will fire political salvos regarding corruption on his government. But, Bhagwant Mann said that he has taken action against the corrupt whereas the opposition had always sheltered and promoted the corrupt leaders. He said that the intention and vision of his government is clear that corrupt practices will not be allowed and anyone indulging in this will have to face serious repercussions.

AAP is the only party in the country that has no place for corruption and corrupt people: Arvind Kejriwal

Following Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann’s announcement, Aam Aadmi Party National Convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal commended Bhagwant Mann and said, “The Aam Aadmi Party is the only political party in the country that does not tolerate corruption or corrupt persons. We’re all proud of Bhagwant, our younger brother, for stand against corruption. Not just the Punjabis, this move has made the entire country proud.”

DP Bureau
Author: DP Bureau

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