Rana Gurjit Singh resigns: After the sand mine auction row erupted last year, the Chief Minister ordered a Commission of Inquiry headed by Justice (retd) J S Narang. Rana Gurjit with firms involved in the sand mine auction, Punjab Power & Irrigation Minister Rana Gurjit Singh has finally resigned. The commission gave Rana Gurjit Singh a clean chit.“Yes, I have resigned. Now, it is up to the Chief Minister and the party high command to take further action. In fact, I had resigned earlier also when my name was dragged into the sand mine auction controversy,” Rana told The Indian Express.Sources said a decision on his letter of resignation will be taken soon. The Chief Minister, sources said, will be meeting Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar, AICC secretaries Asha Kumari and Harish Choudhary on January 17. They will all meet Congress president Rahul Gandhi a day later, sources said. The Opposition parties like Akali Dal had particularly questioned the controversial sand mine bids as the Congress had itself made illegal sand mining in Punjab an election issue.Meanwhile, Gurjit’s family owned company Rana Sugars Limited is also accused of raising and parking nearly Rs 100 crore in a foreign account. These issues were prominently raised by the Opposition parties targetting Rana Gurjit Singh and the Congress.
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