Khaira accepts Channi’s challenge to take oath at Darbar Sahib on illegal mining issue


Chandigarh: In a hard hitting statement released here today, LoP Sukhoal Singh Khaira said he humbly accepts the challenge of Minister Charanjit Channi to accompany him to Darbar Sahib for oath on his allegations of illegal mining, provided his mentor and Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh too comes along for a similar oath. LoP reminded Channi that his leader Capt. Amarinder Singh had held a Gutka Sahib close to his head in a public rally at Bathinda facing Takhat Damdama Sahib, promising to eradicate drugs within four weeks of assuming power. Khaira said he was doubtful that if his leader Capt. Amarinder Singh could testify in the court of god on false oath holding a Gutka Sahib, what is the guarantee that Minister Channi would not repeat a similar gimmick?

 Khaira said it is an open secret that drugs are rampantly and abundantly available in every nook and corner of Punjab, even after one year of Congress coming to power. Khaira reminded Channi that his party colleague and MLA Surjit Singh Dhiman is on record at a function in Sunam recently stating, that drugs are easily available in Punjab and that our government has failed to implement its poll promise.

Khaira said that a national newspaper in its full page story dated 12th March 2018 just yesterday, exposed the failure of Capt. Amarinder Singh on drugs by producing a detailed case study of 16 families admitting to death of their children due to drugs. (copy attached)

LoP Khaira lambasted Channi for trying to deflect public attention from the serious charges of illegal mining leveled against his family members. Khaira said if Channi was so truthful why is he afraid of facing an inquiry by the Vigilance Bureau or a commission headed by a judge? Why such sleazy issues of corruption should be taken to a pious place like Darbar Sahib?

Khaira said in fact the Chief Minister should get a VB probe conducted into all the six mining sites that he tweeted about from his helicopter. Khaira said he demanded this as the Mandala mine owned by one Sunil Joshi has benami investment again by Rana Gurjeet Singh and Capt. Jagbir Randhawa, therefore it is mandatory for the government to probe all six mines to find benami investments by more Congress leaders.

Khaira reminded Channi that his erstwhile Ministerial colleague Rana Gurjeet Singh too had denied any links with the infamous mining scandal but had to put in his papers, after substantial material emerged from the findings of even a bogus investigation carried out by tainted Justice Narnag.

Khaira reiterated that he stood by his allegations and challenged Channi to face legal proceedings, rather than diverting attention from the main issue of illegal mining.