Tribune press service
Chandigarh, June 23
In what is seen as a damage control measure for Congress, MP Fatehjang Singh Bajwa wrote to the party’s high command that he did not need a government post for his son, Arjun Bajwa. , who was recently offered the post of inspector. in Punjab Police at a Cabinet meeting.
This development follows a call from Fatehjang’s brother and Rajya Sabha MP Partap Singh Bajwa to him and MP Rakesh Pandey to forgo government jobs offered to their sons on humanitarian grounds.
Sources within the party said Fatehjang, who was in Delhi yesterday, met with Punjab affairs official Harish Rawat and chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh before submitting his written statement that his son did not need the government job. We learn that the party’s high command took seriously the Cabinet’s decision to offer government jobs to relatives.
After five ministers opposed the move at the Cabinet meeting, Jakhar called the appointments a misguided move and warned the party against promoting nepotism.
A few MPs and other senior party leaders also opposed the decision.
Meanwhile, Ludhiana Congressman Rakesh Pandey, while justifying the post of naib tehsildar offered to her son on compassionate grounds, said those who oppose the move were sympathizers of the terrorists and their ideology. Terrorists killed the MP’s father, Joginder Pal Pandey, also a lawmaker, in 1987.