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SAD-BJP meet Pb Guv, demand probe by IT, ED in 'sand scam'

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and its ally today governor V P Singh Badnore and demanded a probe by central agencies into the role of state's Irrigation and Power minister Rana Gurjit Singh in the alleged sand scam.

They also asked the governor to direct Capt. Amarinder Singh-led to fulfil its poll promises of farmers' loan waiver and ensure protection of rights of the Dalit community.

A joint SAD-delegation, led by SAD president and president Vijay Sampla, submitted a memorandum in this regard to the governor at here.

Alleging that following the sand scam, the rate of sand had increased by four times in the state, Badal said Rana Gurjit had acquired sand mines through a cook and employees who had made bids for Rs 50 crore.

Terming it as an "open and shut case of benaami transactions", he said it should be probed by the (ED) and (IT) department.

Badal also termed as mere "eyewash" the formation of one man commission of a retired judge J S Narang by the to inquire into the issue.

"Rana Gurjit is often seen in Narang's house. Narang's son fights Rana's cases as a lawyer. He cannot be expected to hold an impartial inquiry", he alleged.

The SAD president also urged the governor to direct the to fulfil its promise of waiving farmer's loans completely in the budget session itself.

Claiming that suicides by farmers have increased in the last three months and that 70 agriculturists having taken the extreme step, he said if the failed to waive farmer loans immediately, may face law and order problem.

SAD MP Chandumajra said that the chief minister had given a "clean chit" to Rana Gurjit even before the Commission had submitted its report by stating that he had gone through the documents and did not find anything wrong.

He also stressed that the farm sector was in a crisis in with banks and commission agents not extending loans to farmers for the coming paddy crop.

State president Vijay Sampla urged the governor to intervene and ask the to take firm action to stop repression of the Dalit community.

He said the scheduled caste community was being systematically targeted across the state for supporting the Akali-combine in the last elections.

He alleged that Dalits were not getting justice despite approaching the police because it was acting like a wing of the party.

Former speaker Charanjit Atwal and former minister Bikram Majithia also spoke about atrocities on dalits, with Majithia highlighting how a dalit was beaten and stripped and his tormentor posted a video of the same on social media.

Former president Kamal Sharma alleged that cases of political vendetta were on the rise with frivolous cases being registered against Akali-workers.

They said that the new had reneged on its promise to give jobs to each household besides unemployment allowance of Rs 2,500 per month to the youth.

In the memorandum, they also said the had failed to double social welfare benefits, besides initiating a manifold increase in old age pension.

After his meeting outside the Raj Bhawan, when Badal was asked about his comment on the decision to come out with a white paper on state finances, he said the SAD-alliance would come out with a "super white paper" on the development done during the last ten years.

He also alleged that finance minister Manpreet Badal was directly responsible for non-fulfilment of the loan waiver promise.

Terming as "biggest culprit" the finance minister for non implementation of farm loan waiver, Sukhbir said he had headed the election manifesto committee and claimed that he knew how to implement the loan waiver promise, but "now the same person is making excuses."

"This is unacceptable," he added.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, June 13 2017. 18:32 IST