Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh was apparently kept in dark by his ‘trustworthy’ lieutenants that he was shocked to see the illegal business of mining going on at Sutlej river bed when he was travelling in a chopper over the districts of Nawanshahr and Jalandhar last week. Seeing through his own spectacles, the Chief Minister, who rarely comes out in public, was so much hurt that he immediately ordered a massive crackdown on the offenders and also ordered the seizure of equipment engaged in the illegal activity, which he had promised to end within a week of taking over the state’s reign into his hands, last year.Ashamed, the duty bound civil and police officers of the area concerned swung into action and seized numerous fork lane machines, JCBs along with dozens of tippers (trucks) within hours. Thereafter, Amarinder’s publicity team used the media and social media in such a beautiful way that their boss received accolades on all available platforms. However, before the sunset, the same platforms were flooded with numerous questions on his command over the state’s administration. Though he didn’t express it openly, it is impossible to believe that the former Armyman didn’t pull up his subordinates whom he has virtually given a free hand to run the government as it was their negligence or the alleged involvement with the sand mafia put the boss to face the bombardment of questions, who had already lost a morale and administrative battle while defending his cabinet colleague Rana Gurjit Singh, a name in Congress who is now known for his alleged involvement in state’s controversial sand mine auction.No doubt the Captain’s action against the persons busy in illegal mining sent a message across that he was not at all patronising them but the bigger point, which people want to know is, then whose patronage was allowing them to brazenly excavate sand in the Congress government, which was formed primarily on three promises: Finishing the sand mafia, completely stopping drug peddling and arresting the culprits behind holy books’ sacrilege, taken place in SAD-BJP government.
Earlier, it was only the Opposition that was accusing Amarinder government of proving a failure on all three fronts, the CM’s own action which was undoubt – edly intended with a positive mindset, made general public also to raise a finger at him. A large section of people of Punjab were die-hard fans of Amarinder for his grip over the bureaucracy but this one incident came as a big jolt to their ‘blind belief”. Anyways, nothing much has spoiled with Amarinder having enough scope to improve his functioning and again establishing himself to be the same Amarinder which people have seen in 2002-2007. But for that, the ex-soldier will now have to fight from the front without much believing in the feedback and daily updates given by his lieutenants.And whereas the sand business is concerned, this is not a big deal for a CM to check the illegalities in the trade if he is firm in doing so. If ‘Maharaja’ is recipient to the public opinion, he shouldn’t spare the officers in whose jurisdiction the mafia is actively minting money. I hope the Patiala royal will now give a pause to his personal hobbies and give something concrete to the state as the period of 12 months is not a short one to deliver what was promised to be done within four weeks.
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