Though Chief Minister Amarinder Singh is yet to accept Sidhu’s resignation, all eyes are on the contenders for the berth. Leading the pack is former Power and Irrigation Minister Rana Gurjit Singh, a close aide of the Chief Minister.
Mohindra, who has been backing the Chief Minister strongly over Sidhu’s case, also said that no work was allotted on single tender even after Centre’s directions that in the era of e-tendering there was transparency and tenders could be allotted to single bidder.
Both Singh and Sidhu have been at loggerheads ever since the Cabinet reshuffle on June 6. Sidhu was divested of the local government and tourism and cultural affairs departments over “non-performance.”
For the last several days, the fast depleting underground water table in the agrarian state was hogging headlines and the CM had initiated the process of constituting Punjab Water Authority for regulation of water usage.
Bajwa’s remarks assume significance in the light of delegation of Punjab ministers meeting senior party leader Ahmed Patel taking a dossier on Sidhu’s performance to justify Amarinder changing Sidhu’s portfolio citing non-performance.
Sources said that the government feels that SAD, which is an ally of ruling BJP, will not leave any stone unturned to stop central grant under MGNREGA to Punjab as it is politically helping Congress in the state.
In a bid to resolve ties between CM Amarinder Singh and Navjot Singh Sidhu over the latter's portfolio change, Rural Development Minister Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa on Monday advised Sidhu to assume charge.
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh along with other party MLAs had passed a resolution in a subsequent meeting urging on the high command not to accept his resignation. Amarinder had gone to the extent of saying that Jakhar did not need to resign.
On paper, mining is not allowed in the foothills of Shivalik, an area rich in stones and gravel. But as the government looks the other way, mining mafia goes about their work, unhindered, in villages, less than 25 km away from Chandigarh.
The development has not gone down well with the state government as it is being felt that if PM attends the function, it would become a SAD-BJP function. On the other hand, the state government has been preparing for the function for the last many months.