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Punjab: Financial trouble results in political turmoil

Finance minister loses job for insisting on querying politics-as-usual The conundrum of debt waivers in Punjab has resulted in political turmoil. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has dropped his finance minister, Manpreet Singh Badal, also his nephew, from the cabinet. Manpreet was also suspended from membership of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal last week. Punjab’s FM for the past four years, he had through his tenure been discomfiting his colleagues for making statements that went against the political orthodoxy. Angering, among others, both the Chief Minister and his son, Sukhbir ...