Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today said that the mistrust in the government by the Cabinet Ministers has created a constitutional crisis in Punjab. At the same time, the party has demanded a CBI probe into the multi-crore liquor scam perpetrated by Congress leaders and their friends in Punjab during the curfew.
Releasing a press statement here, Akali Dal spokesperson Dr. Daljit Singh Cheema said that it was unfortunate that while every state was working hard for the prevention of Covid-19, the cabinet ministers of Punjab were engaged in a fight with the bureaucrats. As happened during yesterday’s meeting. He said that both the cabinet ministers and the bureaucrats did not trust each other, which showed that a leadership crisis had arisen here and Punjab and Punjab were suffering. He said that Punjab government should stop criticizing the central government on a daily basis to divert attention from its failures and explain to the people why its leaders along with their friends were allowed to loot the exchequer.
Elaborating further, Dr. Cheema said that some Congress leaders and their friends who have liquor factories in Punjab were openly selling liquor illegally from their factories. He said that the liquor was being sold in trucks without paying excise duty and under the protection of the police. He said that similarly a large quantity of liquor was being smuggled from Haryana. He said that this was the reason why when the green signal was given to open liquor contracts in Punjab, no contractor had opened his shop as the liquor was being distributed to the consumers through black market. He said that even home delivery of liquor was aimed at expanding the business of liquor factories and a large number of Congress leaders were doing this business.
Commenting that the Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh was directly responsible for such a situation in the state as he had the excise department, the Akali leader said that the Chief Minister was not only in the forefront to stop the sale of illicit liquor in the state during the Kovid-19 crisis. Not only has it failed, but it has so far avoided ordering an inquiry into the scam. He said that this scam had also hurt the efforts of the state against CoVID-19 and reduced the funds for the protection of health infrastructure and security personnel, which had led to an increase in the covid mortality rate in the state.
Elaborating on the incident during yesterday’s meeting, Dr Cheema said that it seemed that the Chief Minister and his cronies were running the government without taking the Cabinet into confidence. He said that the angry departure of the Cabinet Minister from the meeting indicated that the Chief Minister did not have the support of the Ministers. He said that similarly the Cabinet Ministers who were pretending to be clean and talking about the loss to the exchequer were guilty of selling illicit liquor in their areas. He said that many have even advocated for home delivery of liquor. This proves that yesterday’s fight was not to save the exchequer but to fill their own pockets.
Stating that only a CBI probe could reach the bottom of this multi-thousand crore scam, Dr Cheema said that apart from this, there should also be an inquiry into the illegal release of liquor from the factories of Congress leaders and the Congress leadership. Alcohol sold illegally by the liquor mafia should also be investigated and those responsible for embezzling public funds should be held accountable.