Pandemonium prevailed in the Punjab Assembly on Monday with the Opposition accusing the Aam Aadmi Party government of misusing its anti-corruption wing Vigilance Bureau and the Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann defending the action in corruption cases.
Accusing the Opposition of plundering the wealth of the state during the discussion on the Governor’s address, the CM said that no person involved in looting public money will be spared by the state government.
The CM, while slamming Leader of Opposition Partap Singh Bajwa for allegedly shielding the corrupt by criticising action of Vigilance Bureau (VB) against tainted leaders on the floor of House, said his government has adopted zero tolerance policy against corruption and exemplary action will be ensured against the leaders involved in sins against the state.
This was after Bajwa, while referring to AAP Member of Parliament (MP) Raghav Chadha’s statement that the BJP flag should be put on offices of the Central investigating agencies, said AAP should put its flag on the vigilance office.
On this, the CM said no one can stop him from acting against these culprits who have mercilessly robbed and ruined the state. He said it is a sorry state of affairs that the Congress leaders are trying to patronise those people who have looted the wealth of the state by misusing the power given to them by people.
When Bajwa questioned the CM for not acting against his former minister Fauja Singh Srari in the corruption case, the CM said the corrupt leaders whether they are from ruling side or Opposition won’t be spared at any cost.
He alleged Congress was neck deep in corruption and party leaders misused their positions to rob the public wealth. Mann said nothing can deter him from taking stringent action against the corrupt leaders. Training his guns against the Congress leaders, he said most of the Congress leaders sitting on Opposition benches are tainted.
He told Bajwa that though these leaders are sitting amongst him on these seats, they too will also have to pay for their sins very soon as action against them was inevitable.
Mann said the names of several Congress leaders figure in every crime against the state adding that his government will make them accountable for their sinister moves.
The CM said though his government is duty bound to act tough against the corrupt leaders but the Congress has always protected such leaders. He reminded Bajwa that a former Chief Minister of his party (Captain Amarinder Singh) had submitted a list of corrupt ministers and MLAs during his tenure to the Congress high command.
Mann quipped that instead of acting against these corrupt leaders, his high command squatted over the list to avert embarrassment for the party, which had exposed the real face of the Congress.