Sand mine row: Amarinder meets Rahul, accepts Rana Gurjit's resignation

Sand mine row: Amarinder meets Rahul, accepts Rana Gurjit's resignation

Eight months after being embroiled in a sand-mining scam and ten days after his son got entangled in an Enforcement Directorate case, The much-controversial stint of Rana Gurjit Singh as Punjab's power and irrigation minister has ended in just 10 months of the Congress Government.

The High Court order is seen as a major blow to the Chief Minister, who is already grappling with controversies surrounding Irrigation and Power Minister Rana Gurjit Singh, who has since submitted his resignation.

The Chief Minister said he would be now be forwarding Mr Gurjit's resignation to the Governor for the necessary formalities.

Amarinder Singh on Thursday accepted the resignation of his Cabinet Minister Rana Gurjit Singh, who is facing allegations of impropriety in the multi-crore sand mining auctions, the Opposition spent no time cornering the ruling Congress government terming the move as "too little, too late".

"Rahul has made his stand on corruption clear".

Pb minister's son appears before ED in funds raising case

Rana's fate had been sealed even before the meeting. The party restructuring, especially in the context of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, would take place soon, he added.

Singh was accompanied by Punjab Congress in-charge Asha Kumari, senior party leader Harish Choudhary and state party chief Sunil Jakhar. Sources said the party leaders would also brief Rahul about the launch of the debt waiver scheme for farmers as a key point from the party's manifesto, besides cheaper power to the industry at Rs 5 tariff.

Welcoming the decision, Rana Gurjeet claimed that he was a Congressman and would always be one, and he stepped down in the party's interest.

In fact, many senior leaders, couple of ministers, and some MLAs and MPs have met Rahul Gandhi and given feedback of the party's standing, and that of the government in particular, in the state amidst the allegations against Rana Gurjeet for his involvement in the sand mining auctions, together with the summons to his son by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for raising funds overseas without mandatory permissions.


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