Punjab CM placates Sidhu, removes AG

Chandigarh: Bowing to pressure from State Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu, the Punjab government led by Charanjit Singh Channi removed A P S Deol as Advocate General.

The move was a key pre-condition of Sidhu for resuming his duties as the Punjab Congress Committee chief, even as he withdrew his resignation last week.

In an attempt to present a united face amid the ongoing crises in the party, Channi and Sidhu addressed a joint press conference in the State capital and announced that the resignation of Deol has been accepted among other Cabinet decisions.

“Advocate General had resigned a few days ago. The Cabinet has accepted his (AG) resignation. We will send the resignation to the Governor and tomorrow we will appoint a new AG,” said Channi, after presiding over the Cabinet meeting.

Sidhu, who had on September 28 quit from his post without assigning any reasons, had strong reservations over the appointments of Director General of Police Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota, who was given additional charge as the DGP, and State’s Advocate General A P S Deol.

Sidhu, last week took back his resignation asserting that he would return to his duties the day the State got a new Advocate General and the DGP. The decision of removing the Advocate General is being seen as an attempt to placate Sidhu, who has been at attacking his own government on public platforms.

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