Punjab Chief Minister-led Cabinet hasjobs for the sons of two MLAs on the compassionate ground despite protests by five ministers. Those who raised their voice against the move include Razia Sultana, Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria, Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, Charanjeet Singh Channi, and Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa. The ministers contended that the two had assets worth . Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh remarked that these were petty matters and urged the Cabinet to allow the appointment. “Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh has termed his government’s decision to give jobs to sons of two MLAs as a recognition of the sacrifices made by their grandfathers, who laid down their a government response.
The Punjab government hasBajwa, son of Qadian MLA Fateh Jung Singh Bajwa, as an inspector in Punjab Police, and Bhisham Pandey, son of Ludhiana MLA Rakesh Pandey, as Naib Tehsildar in the Revenue Department. Arjun and Bhisham were appointed as exceptional after their respective grandfathers were killed. Arjun’s grandfather was ex-Punjab minister Satnam Singh Bajwa. He laid down his life in 1987 for peace and harmony in the state. Bhisham’s grandfather was Joginder Pal Pandey, who was in 1987.
Both the appointments have been made by allowing one-timethat it won’t be treated as a precedent. The charges come when Amarinder Singhfacesg dissent from some , including Navjot Singh Sidhu and Partap Singh Bajwa. Both Arjun and Bhisham have been siding with the rebel groups. With their appointment, the CM hopes to turn the table on Navjot Singh Sidhu.
According to reports, Sarkaria said during the Cabinet meeting that Bajwa had declared property worth Rs 33 crore in his affidavit and questioned the appointment of his son when thea job. Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa is believed to have said that Arjun drove a car worth Rs 5 crore and mocked that he would be going to a in a luxury car.
However, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh remarked that these were petty matters and urged the Cabinet to allow the appointment.MLA Kuljit Nagra has also urged the CM to roll back his decision. “I request the Punjab government to the Cabinet’s decision to give jobs to the sons of two MLAs,” said Nagra.
Notably, Amarinder Singh had written toin July 2013, claiming that Bajwa’s father,r Satnam Singh Bajwa, was not killed by terrorists but in an inter-gang rivalry of smugglers in 1987. However, this , the government statement claims that he laid his life for peace and harmony in the state.