Former Punjab MLA Navjot Kaur Sidhu on Tuesday took a dig at the Congress government in the state when she indirectly agreed that her own party has failed to end the "mafia system". Navjot Kaur responded to a tweet where a user praised the efforts of her husband and former state minister Navjot Singh Sidhu by saying that he tried to end the "mafia system in Punjab he alone cannot fight the politically backed mafia."
She said, "Yes, we tried our best, but they are all together in the corrupt nexus. But one should never lose hope because I repeat again and again; it’s 5% corrupt verses 95% honest and those who will mend themselves after stricter laws and discipline provided it is SAME RULES FOR ALL."
This comes after Congress MP Partap Singh Bajwa on Tuesday demanded a probe by a central agency into alleged rampant liquor smuggling and loss of excise revenue in Punjab.
In a series of tweets, Bajwa said the liquor mafia was growing in the state and it was time to allow a central agency or a sitting judge who is independent of the government of Punjab to investigate this immediately.
The liquor mafia is growing in the State, and it is time that we allow a central agency or a sitting judge who is independent of the Govt of Punjab to investigate into this issue immediately 8/11— Partap Singh Bajwa (@Partap_Sbajwa) May 19, 2020
The Rajya Sabha MP said the legacy of the Congress government in the state must not be that of failing to rein in the liquor mafia and the government-contractor nexus.
The legacy of the Congress Govt in the State must not be that of failing to rein in the liquor mafia and the Government - Contractor Nexus. For the sake of probity and transparency, shift the investigation to an agency outside the control of the State Govt. 10/11— Partap Singh Bajwa (@Partap_Sbajwa) May 19, 2020
I wish to also ask you @capt_amarinder ji, given that the Govt's own accounts showcase revenue targets being missed, how is it that you have publicly declared that this is not true? Will you please explain to the people of Punjab by what you meant by that Statement? 11/11— Partap Singh Bajwa (@Partap_Sbajwa) May 19, 2020
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had on Saturday directed police to crack down on liquor smuggling in a bid to prevent revenue loss to the cash-strapped state. The Chief Minister also ordered immediate action against the DSPs and SHOs under whose jurisdictions liquor smuggling or illegal distillation takes place, said a government release.
Director-General of Police Dinkar Gupta issued necessary directives to all commissioners of police and district police chiefs in the state to identify liquor smugglers by May 23. The officers have been asked to take all possible legal action against such persons, including under relevant provisions of the Disaster Management and the Epidemic Diseases Act, the release said.
(With agency inputs)