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“Ur action has brought tears to my eyes”: Kejriwal lauds Punjab CM for sacking health minister

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Chandigarh: Big move by mann-led Punjab govt, Punjab Health Minister Vijay Singla was sacked from the post on Tuesday. After this he was arrested on corruption charges. Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann said that his government’s stand is zero tolerating corruption.

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Adami Party national convener Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday (May 24) said, he is proud of Bhagwant Mann and his action has brought tears to his eyes. Taking to the Twitter Delhi CM Kejriwal wrote, ” Proud of you Bhagwant. Ur action has brought tears to my eyes. Whole nation today feels proud of AAP.”

CM Kejriwal said, “If someone of our own also steals, then we will not leave him. Till now it was seen that all the parties had a setting among themselves, far from catching their loved ones, they did not take action even against each other’s leaders. It is happening for the first time that any party is taking action against the corruption of its own people. People are very happy with Bhagwant Mann’s decision, they cannot believe that any government can be so honest.

Punjab CM said the decision was made after he came to know that Singla was allegedly demanding one per cent commission in tenders and purchases of his department. The chief minister said that he has also directed the police to register a case against Singla. Later, he was arrested by the Punjab Police, sources said.

“A case was brought to my notice in which one minister in my government was demanding one per cent commission from each tender or purchase of his department. I took this case very seriously. Only I knew this case. Neither media nor opposition knew it,” Mann said in a video message.

“I am taking strict action against that minister and I am removing him from the cabinet. I am also giving directions to the police to register a case against him,” he said, adding, “That minister’s name is Vijay Singla. He was the health minister.”

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Mann said that Singla was allegedly involved in wrongdoings in his department and he has also admitted to the same.

Asserting that the AAP government has zero-tolerance towards corruption, Mann pointed out that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had also removed his food and supplies minister in 2015 and handed over the case to the CBI.

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“I will not tolerate corruption of a single rupee. We want to turn Punjab into a corruption-free state” Mann asserted.

Vijay Singla, 52, was elected MLA from the Mansa seat. He had defeated Punjabi singer and Congress candidate Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, also called Sidhu Moosewala. Singla is a dental surgeon.

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