Chandigarh: Punjab Minister Gulzar Singh Ranike, whose former personal assistant was allegedly involved in misappropriation of public funds, on Sunday resigned on moral grounds.

The Animal Husbandry Minister met Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in Chandigarh and submitted his resignation.

Ranike urged Badal to accept his resignation immediately to uphold the highest moral ethics in politics as well to maintain the dignity of the office so as to enable the ongoing enquiry by the Vigilance Bureau to proceed in a transparent and impartial manner.

In his resignation letter, Ranike reiterated that he and his family had always stood firmly for transparency and high moral values in their social and political life as propagated by the Shiromani Akali Dal.

Ranike also pointed out that his brother had laid down his life fighting for the sake of the party's principles and policies.

The chief minister, meanwhile, appreciated Ranike's moral courage in resigning on his own.

Badal said the law will takes its own course and made it clear that the vigilance enquiry ordered by him in the case was in line with the SAD-BJP government's policy of ensuring
transparent and corruption-free governance.

The Chief Minister forwarded the resignation of Ranike to Governor Shivraj V Patil with a request for its immediate acceptance, an official spokesman said.

Ranike is the third Cabinet minister of the Badal government to resign. Bibi Jagir Kaur and Tota Singh had resigned few months back after their conviction by courts in different cases.


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