Punjab Turmoil : Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi Faces Heat Over AG Removal, Manish Tewari Slams Move

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Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi faced flak from leaders of his own party for ousting the advocate general, with former state Congress president Sunil Jakhar calling him a “really compromised CM”. Senior Congress leader Manish Tewari, who is an MP from Anandpur Sahib, took a swipe at his own party government over the issue, saying politicising the AG’s office “undermines” the integrity of constitutional functionaries.

The remarks came after the Channi government accepted the resignation of advocate general APS Deol, yielding to the pressure mounted by Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu for replacing the state’s AG. Channi had said a new advocate general would be appointed.

Reacting to the development, former Congress chief Jakhar in a tweet said, “The ouster of a competent yet ‘allegedly’ compromised officer has exposed a ‘really’ compromised CM.” “Giving rise to a pertinent question- Whose government is it anyway?” asked Jakhar, who was among the frontrunners for the post of Punjab chief minister after the resignation of Amarinder Singh. Tewari in a series of tweets said both previous advocate generals of Punjab became “punching bags in proxy political wars”.

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