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No action against sand mafia: Sidhu says go ask Capt

May 17, 2019 05:30 AM


No action against sand mafia: Sidhu says go ask Capt


The rift between Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh and his cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu was wide open on Thursday, with the cricketerturned-politician holding the CM responsible for the state government’s failure to rein in the sand and cable mafias in the state.

Ahead of the 2017 assembly elections, Congress had promised to root out the sand mafia and end the monopoly of the cable mafia. However, two years down the line the Congress government in the state has failed to take corrective measures.

While responding to a question at a press meet about the government’s inaction on both fronts, Sidhu first said that he had no answer, but then replied that he was asked to suggest measures for curbing the sand mafia. “I had submitted my recommendations and suggestions but these were not liked. CM has overriding powers and I respect that,” said Sidhu. The minister further said that he had got a draft of the Act meant to regularize cable mafia prepared. “I took the draft to the CM on numerous occasions, but nothing happened. Go and ask him.”

This isn’t the first time that Amarinder and Sidhu are not on the same page. A couple of days back, Sidhu’s wife Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu had blamed the CM for not being given a Lok Sabha ticket this time

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