EC summons CM’s son: Corruption cases against Captain’s kin have emboldened Modi to arm twist Punjab: Harpal Cheema
Chandigarh, November 20
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Punjab has taken a serious view of the summoning of the Captain Amarinder Singh’s son, Raninder Singh, by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with alleged violation of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) with regard to possession of ‘undisclosed’ possessions abroad, saying that the Modi government has arm twisted Punjab due to the ‘weaknesses’ of Captain, leaving all sections to face the heat.
In a statement issued from party headquarters in Chandigarh on Friiday, senior leader and Leader of Opposition (LoP) in Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Harpal Singh Cheema, said that the ED had been investigating into several cases of FEMA violations filed against Raninder Singh, but it had failed to reach a conclusive end, saying the ED should fast track the investigation so that the ultimate truth could be brought to the public domain.
Harpal Singh Cheema said that the Chief Minister was dilly-dallying on taking a concrete decision to navigate the farmers from the present mess, saying it was due to the personal weaknesses and political compulsions of CM Amarinder Singh and a surfeit of corruption cases against CM and his family, that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had arm twisted Punjab. Cheema alleged that Captain himself, his wife and son were scary about opening of the cases registered against them with regard to deposit of ‘hawala’ money in Swiss banks.
The LoP said that Captain Amarinder Singh had failed to hold hands of the struggling farmers who were currently battling the three contentious central farm laws, adding that he had met neither the prime minister nor the union agriculture minister to exert pressurize on the government to resolve the issues and concerns of the farmers, sooner than later. He said he (CM) should meet and urge them to repeal the central laws so that the country’s ‘annadatta’ could protected against falling prey to the big wily corporate houses, like the Adanis and Ambanis.
Cheema reiterated that the people of Punjab had voted, supported and elected Captain Amarinder Singh and his party by a thumping majority in the Assembly elections and corronated him as the chief minister of the state, but he had failed to come to the expectations of the electorate. He added that Captain had reneged on the poll promises pedalled among the people, including crushing the drug mafia within weeks after assuming power, complete loan waiver to farmers, ghar-ghar-naukri, which had remained unfulfilled till date.
Harpal Cheema added that were the state government corruption-free and sensitive towards the issues of the farmers, it would have brought the central government on its knees and resolved the issues, one after the other. He said Captain should take a cue from the Arvind Kejriwal-led government in Delhi, which had worked for the welfare of categories of people, including the farmers there despite all odds, pulls and pressures of the union government led by Modi, saying the government performed its role as the peoples’ representative despite raids by CBI and ED.