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'Proud of you Bhagwant, brought tears in my eyes': Kejriwal heaps praise on Punjab CM for sacking minister

Today, Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann sacked state's Health Minister who's been arrested. No one knew about this corruption, neither the media nor Opposition. Had CM Mann wanted, he would've asked for a slice of it with a setting, said AAP convener Kejriwal.

Shashwat Bhandari Written by: Shashwat Bhandari @ShashBhandari New Delhi Updated on: May 24, 2022 16:44 IST
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Punjab Chief
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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann.

Highlights

  • AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal praises Punjab CM Mann for sacking a minister over corruption charges
  • CM Bhagwant Mann sacked Punjab health minister for demanding commission in govt contracts
  • Kejriwal said he's proud of Bhagwant Mann, shows AAP zero-tolerance for corruption

Delhi Chief Minister and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday lauded Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann for sacking his own cabinet minister over corruption charges saying Bhagwant's action has brought tears to his eyes and whole nation today feels proud of AAP.

"Proud of you Bhagwant. Ur action has brought tears to my eyes. Whole nation today feels proud of AAP," Kejriwal tweeted.

In a virtual presser, Kejriwal said, "Aam Aadmi Party is the only party in the country where there is no place for corruption and corrupt. We are all proud of younger brother Bhagwant's decision against corruption."

"Today, Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann sacked state's Health Minister...who's been arrested. No one knew about this corruption, neither the media nor Opposition. Had CM Mann wanted, he would've asked for a slice of it with a 'setting'" Kejriwal said.

"All parties had a 'setting' within themselves till now. They didn't take action against each other's leaders, let alone catch their own ministers. It's the first time that a party's taken action against its own ministers. People are very happy with this decision," he said.

"Opposition doesn't know what to say & how to oppose, so they're saying that within 2 months our ministers are involved in corruption. All these parties are involved in corruption, they loot from the 1st day itself...corruption is done by traitors, we won't accept it," Kejriwal added.

CM Bhagwant sacks Punjab health minister Vijay Singla

The two-month old AAP government led by Bhagwant Mann sacked Health Minister Vijay Singla over corruption charges.

The Chief Minister said the health minister was involved in corruption cases and they had proof of that.

The minister is a legislator from the Mansa Assembly. He was the first minister representing the Assembly as a Cabinet minister in over three decades.

Mann ordered the registration of an FIR against the minister.

The charge against the minister was that he was demanding one per cent commission from each government tender.

Mann said there would be zero tolerance to corruption.

Mann said that the decision was taken to ensure that his government remains corruption-free.

"I am taking strict action against the minister. I am removing him from the Cabinet. We have found substantial proof of his involvement in the corruption case."

"I do not care if the Opposition parties want to use this to hit out at us. The point is that we will not tolerate anyone indulging in such malpractices. Our party national convener has made it clear that corruption will not be tolerated. He had himself removed a minister in Delhi in 2015 after corruption charges were levelled against the minister," the Chief Minister said in a video message.

He said Singla had admitted to wrongdoings.

Singla had got the highest number of votes polled in his favour in the Assembly election.

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