Chandigarh: Aam Aadmi Party government has ordered a vigilance inquiry to probe allegations of former Vidhan Sabha Speaker and senior Congress leader Rana KP Singh’s involvement in illegal mining case.

Mining minister Harjot Singh Bains has ordered the inquiry citing that in a report dated July 9, 2021, CBI had written a letter to the state Chief Secretary of Punjab to investigate the then Vidhan Sabha Speaker Rana KP Singh for allegedly misusing his position to carry out illegal mining . But the matter was hushed up by the Congress government led by then CM Captain Amarinder Singh.

Bains said that the CBI had forwarded a complaint along with original documents stating that Rana KP was involved in illegal mining and he was receiving monthly payment worth lakhs from crusher owners through his aides in Ropar and Anandpur Sahib as protection money. But the then government did not probe the matter.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) accused the Congress of shielding its ‘venal leaders’, who had looted Punjab for decades instead of working fo the welfare of the common people.

Addressing a press conference here, AAP’s state senior spokesperson Malvinder Singh Kang questioned PCC president, Amarinder Singh Raja Warring and Leader of the Oppostion Partap Singh Bajwa as to why they are afraid of a government investigation if their leaders are clean and have done nothing wrong. Kang advised them to not cover up for the ‘sins’ of their dubious leaders just for the sake of politics and to allow the truth to prevail.

Terming the Congress as a party of ‘corrupt people’, Kang said that there was large-scale corruption and scams reported during the previous governments and the Mann government is working without any bias to nail all corrupt people after proper investigations. He said that it is unfortunate that instead of cooperating with Punjab government and investigating agencies, the Congress leadership is still covering up for its leaders.

“This is the difference between AAP’s governance that we have a zero tolerance policy against corruption but Congress only patronised venal people. They had only looted Punjabis,” Kang said.

He said that Vigilance has allegations against KP Singh and it is investigating the matter thoroughly but KP is levelling baseless allegations against Punjab Minister Harjot Singh Bains just to cover up his crimes.

Rubbishing Congress’ claims, Kang said that AAP does not do vendetta politics, and they are working to reform the system and expose all those who have had looted the Punjab and its people to fill their own coffers.

Accusing Congress leaders of involved in illegal mining, Kang said that all will be exposed by the Punjab government after proper inquiry.

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