Ludhiana housing scam: AAP stages walkout

Ludhiana housing scam: AAP stages walkout

Agency News

Chandigarh, Feb 25 : Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) MLAs on Monday staged a walk-out from the Punjab Assembly over the alleged involvement of cabinet minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu in the multi-crore Grand Manor Homes scam.

As the Question Hour began, Leader of Opposition Harpal Cheema raised the issue of the multi-crore scam involving the minister. He also spoke about referring to the Minister's threats reportedly directed at the investigating officials.

Demanding Ashu's resignation, Mr Cheema said the former was in league with the land mafia. He sought permission to play the phone recordings on the floor of the House, which was declined by the Speaker.

While AAP MLAs were raising slogans against the government, Panchayat Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa appealed to the protesting MLAs to raise the Grand Manor Homes issue, which he described, as serious during the Zero Hour.

When Ashu offered to reply to clear the air about his alleged role in the scam , the protesting members returned to their seats. The Minister offered to face any inquiry constituted by the House. Expressing his satisfaction over the Minister’s plea on facing any inquiry, AAP Kharar MLA Kanwar Sandhu said Ashu should tender his resignation to enable a fair inquiry.

Addressing media in the press gallery, LoP Cheema and Deputy LoP Sarbjit Kaur Manuke showed documentary evidences of the scam, which they said, suggested involvement of the Minister in the scam.

Cheema later showed phone recordings of the Minister directing threats investigating team. When the AAP MLAs again broached the issue during the Zero Hour, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh assured that the next action would be taken on receipt of the committee report. Not satisfied with the reply, the AAP legislators staged a walk out.UNI