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Will Amarinder be back on Monday?
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 23
Though efforts to contact him in London were unsuccessful, sources close to him indicated that he might return to India early next week, most likely on the night of March 26.

Accompanied by his mother Mohinder Kaur, the former Chief Minister has reportedly got his medical examination done from his specialist consultant in London. Details of the medical advice given to him are not known. He may have to return to London later for a comprehensive check-up.

Since his visit — about which he claims he informed Congress president Sonia Gandhi, the leader of the opposition and the chief whip of the Punjab Congress Legislature Party, Rajinder Kaur Bhattal and Gurmeet Singh Sodhi, respectively — had raised a storm of controversy, he expects to silence his critics by his return to the city.

He had gone to London after taking the oath of affirmation as member of the Punjab assembly on March 15.

Interestingly, while Amarinder Singh has decided to return of his own free will, his media adviser Bharat Inder Singh Chahal has been directed to appear in person in the Punjab and Haryana High Court next month. He has reported sick in Scotland.

Though he addressed an open letter to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal urging him to stop the harassment of former Congress ministers and officers who worked with him, it has evoked no response so far.

Both the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee and the Punjab Congress Legislature Party have maintained silence on his London trip. Oblique references were made about his absence from the house during the ongoing session of the state Vidhan Sabha by the treasury benches.

All that has happened in Amarinder Singh’s absence is that the Punjab State Vigilance Commission set up late last year at his instance stands scrapped. The first legislative business transacted by the 13th Vidhan Sabha was to repeal the Punjab State Vigilance Commission Act, 2006. Yesterday, the Governor gave his approval to the bill.

It is still not certain whether Amarinder Singh will be able to attend the session of the Vidhan Sabha on March 28 and 29.

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