Accusing the Punjab Government of trying to save former Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot who had allegedly embezzled crores of rupees in SC students’ post-matric scholarships, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Sunday said that the action taken by Social Welfare Minister Raj Kumar Verka to register a case against some officials
was just an attempt to deceive the people.
The party asked Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi led State Government when and what action would be taken against the former Minister Dharamsot, “responsible for ruining the lives of lakhs of SC students in Punjab”.
“Like the Captain Government of the Congress party, the Channi Government is defending former Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, who was usurping the scholarships of SC students. The Congress party has certainly changed the Ali Baba of its government, but there has been no change in the intention and policy of the Congress government to save the scammers,” said AAP’s Punjab senior leader and the Leader of Opposition in Vidhan Sabha Harpal Singh Cheema.
Cheema said after the formation of the new Cabinet, the new Minister Raj Kumar Verka had promised to immediately investigate the scholarship scam and take strict action against the culprits, but now even the Minister has backed down from taking action. “Instead, they are trying to shield former Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh’s partner Sadhu Singh Dharamsot from legal action by pretending to take action against some officials,” he added.
The AAP has been demanding action against former Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot and other officials involved in scholarship scam for a long time and the party volunteers struggled for this from the streets to the Assembly, said Cheema adding that the Channi Government was taking action against some officials in the name of pretence but was avoiding taking legal action against Dharamsot, who was the minister of the department.