Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Sunday trashed Raghav Chadha’s claims of unlawful mining in his Meeting constituency and gave a strict warning to AAP leaders from Delhi that no “outsider” would be allowed to raise an “unfounded alarm” within the state. Channi, who arrived right here on Sunday and took a spherical of mining websites, stated nothing unlawful was discovered. He added that sand is being bought on the price of Rs 5.5 per cubic foot as stipulated by the state authorities. His remarks got here a day after Aam Aadmi Celebration (AAP) chief Chadha alleged that unlawful sand mining is being carried out in Channi’s constituency, Chamkaur Sahib.
The chief minister stated no “outsider” will be allowed to create unfounded hue and cry in the state for “vested political interests”. “The federal government won’t hesitate in future to provoke motion in opposition to such acts of political ambition,” he added.
Responding to Channi’s claim, a statement issued by AAP quoting Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal slammed the CM and said, Channi is a blatant and outspoken liar and hypocrite. And he tells his lies with great noise and impunity. Is it true that Channi sahib went to a different mining site today n not the one visited by Raghav yesterday? And Channi sahib declared it as legal, whereas the one visited by Raghav is a different site and is illegal. How can a CM be sooo blatant?, Kejriwal later tweeted.
Chadha had on Saturday paid a surprise visit to Jindapur village in Chamkaur Sahib and alleged illegal sand mining activity was going on in Channi’s home constituency. Channi urged the AAP leaders and workers based in Punjab as also the members of the public to bring any illegal activity to the state government’s notice so that necessary steps could be ensured. “We have made activities at the mining sites open. Any Punjabi, Punjab-based AAP leader and worker can make a video but we will not allow any dramatic act by an outsider,” he stated.
Channi, together with civil and police officers, visited the Badi Haveli mining website the place desilting work is happening and interacted with the drivers getting sand loaded in vehicles concerning the worth being paid by them. All drivers stated after a coverage was rolled out by the state authorities, the worth was mounted at Rs 5.5 per cubic foot and all paperwork of mining are legitimate and thus, claims being made by AAP leaders from Delhi are false, the chief minister stated.
He added that he wished to supply sand on the mining websites totally free however as a consequence of a contract made previously, was unable to take action. The stated contract is legitimate as much as March 31, 2022 and other people would get sand and gravel at additional cheaper charges in future, the chief minister was quoted as saying in an official launch.
Expressing satisfaction over mining on the website, Channi lashed out at AAP leaders, together with Chadha, for making an attempt to “befool” people on sand prices. He said Chadha and other “outsiders” won’t be allowed to “create baseless points” in Punjab. Channi said action will be initiated in future for such “dramatic” acts. “I’ve discovered that there’s not even an iota of fact within the ranting of AAP chief and that sand is being mined on the charges decided by the state authorities,” he stated.
The AAP leadership should channel its energies on improving the lives of the people of Delhi rather than “meddling in the internal matters” of Punjab, the chief minister added. He additionally lashed out at Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia for his excursions of faculties in Punjab. Describing it as one other instance of the AAP leaders’ “nefarious designs to search out political area” in the state, he advised them to set their own house in order first.
Sisodia visited two schools located in Channi’s constituency a few days ago. Referring to a query regarding the transfer of a forest range officer, Channi said anyone could ask the officer whether he got himself transferred or was shifted by the government. Chadha had alleged that the forest officer wrote to the station house officer (SHO) and the tehsildar in Jindapur village here recently and informed them about illegal sand mining. The officer was transferred a day after writing the letter, the AAP leader had alleged.