Bahartiya janata party meeting today, set to be stormy


The Punjab bureaucracy’s ‘non-cooperation’ will figure prominently at tomorrow’s meeting of the four BJP ministers with recently-appointed state party president Vijay Sampla and party affairs in-charge Prabhat Jha.Leading the charge will be Technical Education, Industries and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Madan Mohan Mittal, who has been confronting Chief Secretary Sarvesh Kaushal. Two days after he raised the issue of the appointment of the Punjab Technical University (PTU) Vice-Chancellor, Mittal told reporters today that he would stick to his stand. “There is no place for arrogance in government offices. I wanted a person with experience of running a university to be chosen as the V-C, but the CS did not agree.

”Mittal said he would raise the issue at the meeting with Sampla and Jha. “I don’t usually go to the Press, but sometimes such circumstances are created that one has to speak. The issue with the Chief Secretary was long-pending, but no action was taken. There are several other issues,” he added.Amid speculation that the ministers would be asked to submit their resignation to pave the way for a possible reshuffle, party sources said the former had prepared a report on how the ‘unsupportive’ bureaucracy had blocked most of their ideas and initiatives.

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