AAP leaders claim that the audio recording is under investigation and if the allegations are found to be true, action will be taken

AAP leaders claim that the audio recording is under investigation and if the allegations are found to be true, action will be taken

CHANDIGARH

To increase pressure on the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government to sack minister Fauja Singh Saari, the main opposition party in Punjab, the Congress has decided to stage protest demonstrations across the state on October 10.

Mr Sarari, the Food Processing and Horticulture Minister came under a cloud last month after an audio recording of a conversation allegedly between him and his close aide surfaced in which the duo allegedly discussed a plan to extort money from officials and transporters.

AAP has been in a tight spot ever since the talk emerged. AAP leaders claimed that the audio recording was under examination and if the allegations were found to be true, action would be taken, though Mr Sari maintained that he was innocent and that the audio had been verified.

The opposition, however, is in no mood to give up on the AAP government on the issue. Besides, Congress, Shiromani Akali Dal, Bharatiya Janta Party (BBJP) are demanding immediate dismissal of Mr Sari from the Cabinet.

Punjab Congress President Amarinder Singh Raja Waring said the party was ready to intensify its agitation against Mr Sarari’s continuation in the Cabinet.

“The party will organize protest demonstrations across the state in all distribution headquarters on October 10 to press for the immediate dismissal of Mr. Saari from the government following the allegations against him,” said Partap Singh Bajwa, leader of the Congress Legislature Party.

The leaders added that Mr. Saari’s continuation in the government was a slap in the face to AAP’s claims of being an honest government. If AAP was really sincere against corruption, then Mr. Saari should not be in the government, he added.



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