Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann has dismissed Health Minister Vijay Singhla. Bhagwant Mann said he took the decision after learning that the minister was allegedly demanding one percent commission for tenders. Singhla was accused of demanding commission from the officers. It is being told that Mann had got strong evidence that the Health Minister was indulging in corruption.
Police have been directed to register a case against him. “I am taking strict action against the minister. I am removing him from the cabinet,” the chief minister said in a video message. The CMO said that the action was taken after concrete evidence was found against Vijay Singla. There are allegations of corruption against him, after which this action has been taken. The government was formed only two months back.
आम आदमी पार्टी का जन्म ईमानदार सिस्टम कायम करने के लिए हुआ है…@ArvindKejriwal जी ने हमेशा कहा है कि भ्रष्टाचार को बर्दाश्त नहीं करेंगे चाहे कोई अपना हो या बेगाना— Bhagwant Mann (@BhagwantMann) May 24, 2022
स्वास्थ्य मंत्री के खिलाफ भ्रष्टाचार के सबूत मिलते ही तुरंत बर्खास्त किया…साथ ही FIR के आदेश दिए pic.twitter.com/VBTPeWqUSR
Vijay Singla was the Health Minister in the government led by Bhagwant Mann. Vijay Singla is accused of demanding a 1% commission on contracts from the officers. There were complaints of indulging in corruption. After getting strong evidence about Vijay Singla’s allegation of being involved in corruption, he showed him the way out of his cabinet.
Announcing the removal of Vijay Singla from the cabinet, Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann clearly said that we will not tolerate even one percent corruption. He said that people have formed the government of the Aam Aadmi Party with great expectations. It is our duty to live up to that expectation. CM Mann said that as long as India has sons like Arvind Kejriwal and soldiers like Bhagwant Mann, the great war against corruption will continue.
This is the first time in Punjab that a Chief Minister has sacked his own minister in a corruption case. Significantly, during the Punjab Assembly elections, the Aam Aadmi Party had fiercely attacked the ruling Congress on corruption. The party had made promises to root out corruption deeply rooted in the system.