The Hush Post: Punjab Irrigation and Power Minister Rana Gurjit Singh has resigned as cabinet minister. He submitted his resignation on Monday to the Chief Minister of Punjab Capt Amarinder Singh. It is up to the CM to decide whether the resignation will be accepted or not.
Rana Gurjit was in the midst of controversy after it came to light that the sandmine contracts in Nawanshahr were allocated to a firm in which his employee was a partner. The IndianExpress had quoted Rana Gurjit saying, “Yes, I have resigned. Now it is up to the CM and the party high command to take further action.”
Rana Gurjit’s employee Amit Bahadur is a working partner in a firm called Rajbir Enterprises. This was partly funded by a contractor who was jailed in December and whose arrest led to the information about the complete wrongdoing and as it happened.
The Punjab CM, Capt Amarinder Singh will meet Sunil Jakhar, the Punjab Congress president and Asha Kumari, who is the AICC secretaries and Harish Choudhary very soon. However, a decision will only be taken after a meeting with Congress president Rahul Gandhi.
Earlier, the CM had ordered a Commission of Inquiry headed by Justice (retd) J S Narang last year. As a result of inquiry Rana Gurjit Singh got a clean chit then.