Punjab Congress Chief Sunil Jhakar Attacks Amarinder Singh Over Jobs To MLAs’ Sons


Punjab Congress Chief Attacks Amarinder Singh Over Jobs To MLAs' Sons

Amarinder Singh said no question of rescinding the decision (File)

New Delhi:

Punjab cabinet’s decision to give two state government jobs to the sons of Congress MLAs has triggered fresh trouble for Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. Sunil Jakhar, the Punjab Congress chief, and two MLAs, have demanded that the “ill-advised” move be rolled back. However, Mr Singh, already battling dissent just months ahead of the assembly elections, has refused to scrap the decision, calling it a “small token of gratitude and compensation for the sacrifices of their families”.

The Punjab government had on Friday decided that the sons of Congress MLAs — Arjun Pratap Singh Bajwa and Bhisham Pandey – be appointed as a police inspector and a naib tehsildar as their grandfathers had been murdered by terrorists.

“No question of rescinding Punjab Cabinet decision on jobs for sons of 2 Congress MLAs. It is just a small token of gratitude and compensation for the sacrifices of their families. It’s shameful that some people are giving political colour to this decision,” Mr Singh was quoted as saying by his media adviser Raveen Thukral.

Reacting to the move, Mr Jakhar said the decision was against the “ethos and culture of neutrality”.

“Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh Ji must reverse the ill-advised decision…The decision is also against the ethos and culture of neutrality followed by Amarinder Singh and the Congress party as a whole,” Mr Jakhar was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

MLA Kuljit Nagra said the decision should be reversed by the state cabinet. Another Congress MLA, Amarinder Singh Raja Warring, appealed to Mr Bajwa and Mr Pandey not to accept the jobs for their sons.

The Shiromani Akali Dal, meanwhile, alleged the decision was an attempt to “purchase” the loyalty of the Congress MLAs to “save his chair”.

Mr Singh has been holding meetings with MLAs and MPs over the past few days to try and tackle dissent ahead of the Punjab election next year.

Earlier this month, the Congress had called its Punjab MLAs and MPs to Delhi to iron out the rift in the state unit.

A party panel has suggested that Navjot Sidhu – Mr Singh’s bitter critic – be pacified with a larger role.

With inputs from PTI


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