"The Chief Minister must tell the people of state what is the reason behind saving skin of the corrupt and tainted minister who himself has accepted his fault by submitting his resignation", he said and alleged that not only mining scam but Rana Gurjit was also involved in multiple scams and looting the state exchequer.
Rana Gurjit Singh, an MLA from Kapurthala, had tendered resignation earlier this week, after being accused of illegally bagging sand mining contracts.
Singh was accompanied by Punjab Congress in-charge Asha Kumari, senior party leader Harish Choudhary and state party chief Sunil Jakhar.
Eight months after being embroiled in a sand-mining scam and ten days after his son got entangled in an Enforcement Directorate case, The much-controversial stint of Rana Gurjit Singh as Punjab's power and irrigation minister has ended in just 10 months of the Congress Government.
He did not want the issue to mar the good work done by the Congress government in Punjab and had, in the bigger interest of his party and government, chosen to step down, he said. Congress sources said the party high command was adamant that Rana Gurjit had to go.
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The Aam Aadmi Party hailed the resignation of Rana Gurjit, saying it was the pressure of public and AAP's commitment to root out corruption that has resulted in the dropping of the Minister from the Cabinet. "I resigned in the interest of the party and I welcome it (acceptance of resignation)", he said.
The government instituted a commission of inquiry headed by Justice J S Narang to look into the charges.
The Chief Minister had been defending him despite the corruption controversies.
Meanwhile, Rana Gurjit's family-owned company Rana Sugars Limited is also accused of raising and parking almost Rs 100 crore in a foreign account. His name cropped up in the multi-crore rupee auction of sand mines to certain persons who he claimed were no more his employees.
AAP leader and Leader of Opposition Sukhpal Singh Khaira welcomed the resignation and said that many more skeletons would tumble out of the closet of the Congress government in Punjab.