The end of a deadlock between Punjab Cabinet ministers and Chief Secretary (CS) Karan Avtar Singh without any high-level inquiry or fixing of any accountability for massive losses of revenue, has once again confirmed that elected representatives do not have guts to take on directly the influential bureaucracy.
Despite facing serious allegations of causing huge losses, ministers and Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh have given clean chit to CS and in fact, presently none is talking about the losses and all are trying to project the reported apologies of CS as their big achievement.
By succeeding in ending such a big controversy without any punishment and even any assurance of action against them, the state bureaucrats have delivered another slap on the face of elected representatives of the state. Immediately after the CS misbehaved with ministers in the meeting, all ministers had announced to boycott CS while Finance minister (FM) Manpreet Badal had announced that he could not attend any meeting with CS as he had crossed his line.
But as expected, to prove his supremacy and show the ministers and his MLAs their lower place than his pampered bureaucrats, Punjab CM caused a rift in his MLAs and Minister by hosting a party. Many openly sided with CM and said that they did not have any problem with CS, leading to further division in Punjab Congress.
Since Punjab CM had been sure about his success to save his CS, he did not take the issue seriously.
FM Badal after Wednesday meeting claimed that CS had apologized for his inappropriate behaviour third time and also apologized to the entire Cabinet and assured that such a thing will never happen in future. But he seems to forget the issue of alleged massive losses to the state by CS.
Its another failure of elected representatives of the state, which is not good for democracy as it will further push Punjab towards the bureaucratic state from democratic state.