MLAs` spat: Cong wants probe, BJP looks to damage-control
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Last Updated: Friday, May 07, 2010, 19:12
Chandigarh: Questioning the "silence" of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on the public spat between two senior BJP lawmakers, the opposition Congress today demanded that he order an inquiry to probe the allegations of corruption levelled by the feuding MLAs.

An embarrassed BJP, which is a partner in the ruling alliance in Punjab, today set up a two-member committee to resolve the issue involving Laxmi Kanta Chawla, who has a cabinet rank, and Chief Parliamentary Secretary (CPS) Jagdish Raj Sahni.

"Two senior functionaries of the Akali-BJP alliance government have been levelling serious allegations of corruption against each other," Punjab Congress spokesman Fateh Jang Singh Bajwa said here.

He questioned the "silence" of Badal on the "serious verbal duel" between Chawla and Sahni in the past couple of days.

Demanding Badal's intervention in the entire episode, he said the Chief Minister must order an inquiry so that people of the state "get to know the level of existing corruption in Punjab."

While Sahni had sought a CBI probe into alleged corruption in health department at the "behest" of Chawla, the minister had retorted back saying that the CPS was levelling "baseless" accusations due to recent action taken by her department officials against Sahni's relatives for running a diagnostic centre.

"The Central leadership of the party is concerned at the issue resolving around the two. No act of indiscipline would be tolerated and the issue would be resolved within two days," BJP's Incharge for Punjab Balbir Punj said announcing the setting up of the panel.

Punj said that party's National Secretary Navjot Sidhu and the state unit Chief Ashwani Sharma have been asked to look into the spat and submit their report to the Central leadership after which further action in the matter would be taken.

Chawala and Sahni represent Amritsar and Batala assembly constituencies respectively.


First Published: Friday, May 07, 2010, 19:12

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