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Captain vs Punjab Minister After “Pak Friend Has ISI Links” Allegations

Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa was a minister in Captain Amarinder Singh’s cupboard. File


Punjab is in protected arms below the Charanjit Singh Channi authorities, state dwelling minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa mentioned immediately as he sparred with former Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh over his Pakistani pal’s alleged ISI hyperlinks. Mr Randhawa additionally focused the previous Chief Minister over his failure to meet the 2017 ballot guarantees.

The battle of tweets between the previous Chief Minister and the present dwelling minister broke out after the latter mentioned a Pakistani journalist recognized to be Mr Singh’s pal needs to be investigated for alleged hyperlinks with the ISI.

“The Captain is saying that Punjab faces a threat from the ISI. So we will also probe the relation of Aroosa Alam with ISI,” Mr Randhawa mentioned when requested about visuals of the defence journalist with Pakistani navy officers.

Hitting again on the “personal attacks”, Mr Singh mentioned Aroosa Alam had been coming to India for 16 years with clearances from the centre and questioned Mr Randhawa if he’s alleging that NDA and former UPA governments connived with ISI.

“You were a minister in my cabinet @Sukhjinder_INC. Never heard you complain about Aroosa Alam. And she’d been coming for 16 years with due GoI clearances. Or are you alleging that both NDA and @INCIndia led UPA govts in this period connived with Pak ISI?’: @capt_amarinder,” Raveen Thukral, media advisor to the previous Chief Minister, tweeted.

Mr Thukral additionally tweeted an image of Ms Alam with Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

Mr Singh requested what occurred to the “tall promises” by the present authorities on medication circumstances and mentioned, “Punjab is still waiting for your promised action”.

The exit of Mr Singh as Chief Minister within the face of bitter infighting within the Punjab Congress unit has now given strategy to a blame recreation, with Mr Singh and the present dispensation shifting blame on failures to meet ballot guarantees. Mr Singh has mentioned he’ll launch his personal outfit and warmed as much as the BJP, with a political understanding probably within the coming polls.

“…you don’t worry about law and order situation as we have not outsourced the Punjab govt to ‘anyone’,” Mr Randhawa tweeted, taking a swipe on the former Chief Minister. He additionally mentioned the previous Chief Minister didn’t take probes into sacrilege circumstances and drug circumstances to their logical conclusion.

Questioning why he’s “perturbed” on the problem of a attainable probe towards Aroosa Alam, he requested who sponsored her visa.

Mr Singh responded by saying that it was he who sponsored Ms Alam’s visa and that such requests are authorized solely after clearance from safety companies.

The former Chief Minister added that he’s frightened that as an alternative of specializing in regulation and order scenario amid terror threats, Punjab authorities has deployed police on a “baseless investigation at the cost of Punjab’s safety”.

Aroosa Alam’s identify cropped up earlier too when Mr Singh focused Congress chief and arch rival Navjot Singh Sidhu for attending Imran Khan’s swearing-in ceremony in 2018 and hugging the Pakistani military chief Qamar Javed Bajwa.

The journalist, who met Amarinder Singh throughout his Pakistan go to in 2004, is reportedly a daily customer to his dwelling.

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