Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh is left with no other option but to accept the resignation of the of Irrigation & Power Minister Rana Gurjit Singh whose probity is in question said Bir Devinder Singh, former Deputy Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha
Bir said in a statement issued today that judicial probe ordered by the Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh to investigate in to the allegations of impropriety against Rana Gurjit is a welcome step of the Government to clear the incorrectness in the multi-crore Sand and gravel mining auctions, conducted by the State government. But the majesty of the Judicial enquiry would sound as a mere hogwash, if the Minister in question whose ‘questionable probity’ is being inquired in to by a retired High Court Judge, continue as member of the council of Minister.
He further stated, ”the position of the Minister Rana Gurjit Singh becomes untenable immediately after the Chief Minister has ordered probe in to the allegations of impropriety against him, because of his questionable integrity. The expression of the Chief Minister's order must be read as lack of confidence in the integrity of the Minister. Therefore, It sounds highly inappropriate for Rana to continue as Minister, even for a second thereafter. His continuation as Minister during the probe would be a cause of discomfiture for the probing Judge.”
Bir further said that if after the submission of the report of the Commission of Enquiry, Rana is exonerated of the charges against him, he could very well be re-inducted in to the Cabinet as a vindicated Minister.