Pargat was among the seven MLAs who were to be inducted as CPS in the 117-member state Assembly. Polls are due in Punjab early next year. While the remaining six that includes four Akali MLAs and two from ally BJP were administered oath by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at a function here, Pargat stayed away from the event.
Pargat has reportedly written to Badal and declined to take oath as CPS, while maintaining that he wanted to continue and concentrate as MLA only. Recently, Pargat, once considered close to Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, has been conspicuous by his absence from SAD functions in Jalandhar, including two functions where the Deputy CM was present.
The Akali MLA had earlier protested against some issues pertaining to his Assembly constituency, including setting up of a waste treatment plant. Pargat, who was not available for his comments, has been opposing establishment of solid waste management plant in Jamsher village in his constituency in Jalandhar.
Two days back on the recommendations of the Chief Minister, Punjab Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki had given his approval for the induction of seven new CPSs. The four SAD MLAs, who took oath as CPSs today, are Gurtej Singh Ghuriana (Balluana constituency), Manjit Singh Mianwind (Baba Bakala constituency), Darshan Singh Shivalik (Gill constituency) and Gurpartap Singh Wadala (Nakodar constituency).
Two BJP MLAs who were administered oath as CPSs are Sukhjeet Kaur Sahi (Dasuya constituency) and Seema Kumari (Bhoa constituency). The Governor had earlier also accorded approval to drop Akali MLA Inderbir Singh Bolaria (Amritsar South constituency) from the post of CPS after he raised a banner of revolt opposing the state government's proposal to set up a waste plant in his constituency.
Before the new appointments, Punjab had 19 CPSs including Inderbir Singh Bolaria. After today's oath-taking function, the strength of CPSs in Punjab has gone up to 24.

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