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Reports of differences with Jakhar a 'media creation': Pb CM

Press Trust of India  |  Mohali 

today dismissed reports of growing differences between him and the state as "media creation" and nothing else.

The chief minister, who was here to flag-off a fleet of nine ambulances procured by under the MPLADS fund, said there was absolutely no problems between him and the

"The small incident where Jakhar had left without meeting me -- as he had to go somewhere else -- was blown out of proportion by the media," Singh said during an informal chat with at the event.

On Wednesday, Jakhar had left the CM's office in a huff after he was reportedly asked by the security staff to leave his mobile phone outside.

The here also ruled out any question of asking Sidhu, the Tourism, Culture and minister, to quit over the proceedings in the 30-year-old road rage case against him.

Saying the situation did not warrant Sidhu's resignation, he lambasted the Akalis for seeking Sidhu's resignation, and asked them to keep out of it.

Importantly, the in the had favoured the and verdict convicting and awarding a three-year jail term to Sidhu in the 1988 case.

When asked about the last week clash in Phagwara between two groups over the installation of a board and renaming of a chowk , the said the situation was completely under control now.

"While some of the culprits responsible for the violence that took place on Ambedkar Jayanti were already in custody, the others would also be arrested soon," he said, while asserting that his government would not allow anyone to disturb the state's peace and communal harmony.

"Strict action would be taken against those trying to trigger any kind of disturbance in the state," he added.

Notably, the incident took place when members of a group allegedly installed a board carrying a picture of Ambedkar at Gol Chowk in Phagwara on (NH)-1 and tried to rename it as 'Savidhan Chowk'.

Earlier, speaking at the flag-off event described the ambulances as her humble contribution towards the chief minister's mission to provide the best to the people at affordable cost.

On this, the chief minister too lauded Soni's initiative in procuring these ambulances and urged other members of the parliament to follow suit.

While three ambulances will cater to the needs of the people of Rupnagar, two have been earmarked for Mohali, three for and one for Hoshiarpur.

During the event, Singh also talked about the state government's other initiatives taken to upgrade the in Mohali, a place highly touted as region's industrial and IT hub.

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

First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 18:05 IST