Pun­jab CM de­nies rift with PPCC pres­i­dent

The Asian Age - - Nation - AGE COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Pun­jab chief min­is­ter Cap­tain Amarinder Singh on Mon­day dis­missed re­ports of dif­fer­ences with PPCC pres­i­dent Su­nil Jakhar as a me­dia cre­ation, even as he de­clared that the Navjot Singh Sidhu case was none of the Akalis’ busi­ness and they should stay out of it.

In an in­for­mal chat with me­di­a­per­sons af­ter flag­ging off a fleet of nine new am­bu­lances here, the chief min­is­ter lauded Ra­jya Sabha MP Am­bika Soni’s ini­tia­tive in procur­ing these am­bu­lances un­der the MPLADS Fund and urged other mem­bers of Par­lia­ment to fol­low suit. Re­spond­ing to ques­tions, the chief min­is­ter said there were ab­so­lutely no prob­lems be­tween him and Gur­daspur MP Su­nil Jakhar. It was the cre­ation of the me­dia, which had blown out of pro­por­tion a small in­ci­dent in which Jakhar had left with­out meet­ing him be­cause he had to go some­where else, said Cap­tain Amarinder Singh. Rul­ing out the need for Lo­cal Govern­ment Min­is­ter Navjot Singh Sidhu to quit over the Supreme Court pro­ceed­ings in the road rage case against him, Cap­tain Amarinder Singh said the sit­u­a­tion did not war­rant Mr Sidhu’s res­ig­na­tion. He lam­basted the Akalis for seek­ing his res­ig­na­tion, ask­ing them to keep out of the af­fair, which was noth­ing to do with them.

In re­ply to a query on the Phagwara clash, the chief min­is­ter said the sit­u­a­tion was com­pletely un­der con­trol. He said some are in the cus­tody and the oth­ers will be ar­rested soon.

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