CHANDIGARH: A Punjab Cabinet minister is in trouble after a lady IAS officer has accused him of sending her “inappropriate” text messages. Sources said the IAS officer has informed Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, before he went on his Israeli tour, about his Cabinet colleague, who is said to be close to Congress president Rahul Gandhi.
Before bringing the matter to the notice of her seniors and the CM, she had warned the minister but he allegedly did not care and kept on sending her messages. Amarinder directed the minister to seek apology from the officer. The matter has also reached Congress president Rahul Gandhi too, and the party is deliberating on whether the minister should continue in the Cabinet or not. Interestingly, the complaint may add to the problems of the minister, as he had become “ambitious” and raised voice against Amarinder. The CM is expected to take a decision once he returns on Friday evening.
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal demanded the Chief Minister to “unmask” his Cabinet colleague, who had outraged the modesty of the lady IAS officer. “The CM must immediately tell the people why he is trying to cover up this heinous act,” he demanded. Badal said it was shocking that even the Congress chief was silent on this issue for more than a month. “Rahul Gandhi should explain whether he is complicit in this cover up. There is no way a minister accused of such behaviour can continue in the Cabinet.”