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Khaira accuses CM Amarinder of running Punjab like a princely state

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

of Opposition in Assembly today accused Minister of running the state like a princely state by "throwing to winds" the Constitution and norms of democracy.

is a minister in absentia, mostly holidaying with his foreign friends while is battling with burning issues like "poisonous waters, rampant corruption, unstoppable menace of drugs, rising unemployment, unending suicides by farmers, broken down law and order", he alleged in a statement here.

Khaira said that instead of tackling critical issues on a day to day basis, relied on a coterie of nominated politicians and blue-eyed officers.

He alleged the latest example of Amarinder Singh's complete ignorance was his "callous and casual approach" towards widespread pollution in the rivers which was aggravating like cancer, in Punjab.

Khaira claimed the minister was misusing the brute mandate of the people "to flay the Constitution and set wrong precedents", to benefit individuals belonging to his party rather than watching public interest.

He said the waiving of Rs 84 lakh penalty of former chief minister for her unauthorised stay in a government bungalow can never be justified.

He claimed the appointment of late chief minister Beant Singh's grandson as a direct DSP in Punjab Police, will never stand the scrutiny of law.

Khaira claimed emboldened by complete silence of his cabinet colleagues, Amarinder Singh was now heading to not follow another decision of the wherein it has directed all former chief ministers to vacate government bungalows.

But Amarinder Singh is now on the verge of appointing Bhattal as the of planning board, merely to allow her to retain the bungalow, he alleged.

This, he said was nothing but challenging the authority of

Khaira said the "feudal actions" of Amarinder Singh showed he was trying to run Punjab as his personal fiefdom or a family estate like his yesteryear ancestors, throwing to winds the laid down principles of democracy as enshrined in the Constitution of

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First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 21:20 IST
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