The state Congress unit had on Wednesday suspended Kulbir Singh Zira from the party membership due to indiscipline. He had alleged that the Congress government had failed to take any action against some contractors who were selling illicit liquor in Ferozepur.
The state unit had earlier issued a show cause notice to Zira after he had alleged inaction against contractors selling illicit liquor. Jakhar said Zira was not able to explain his conduct in his reply.
On Tuesday, Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar held a meeting with party leaders to frame a strategy for the forthcoming general elections and asked his partymen to dedicate themselves to achieve the target which was fixed by the Congress during a rally at Killian Wali on October 7 last year.
Sources privy to the development said that after Congress high command intervened, the CM, who also holds the home portfolio, immediately provided a bulletproof vehicle from his fleet to Sidhu as it takes more than a month’s time to bulletproof a new vehicle.
The bench of Chief Justice Krishna Murari and Justice Arun Pali allowed the petitioner to withdraw his petition. “Before the arguments could start, the counsel for the petitioner sought permission from the court to withdraw the petition and it was granted,” Satya Pal Jain, Additional Solicitor General of India said.
The ruling dispensation came for a severe criticism as the use of liquor during election could not be checked. Videos and pictures of drunk people having a field day went viral on social media ahead of the election.
Widespread rejection of nomination papers had become a political issue in Punjab. Several rejected candidates had moved the HC and the court had given them the relief. Bajwa had earlier stated that they would move SC against HC decision.
The statue, installed in Block Market of Moga, was vandalised twice, once on December 1, 2013 and later on December 8, 2015. In 2013, ink was strewn on it and a portion was broken. In 2015, the statue was pelted with stones.