Punjab Congress President Capt Amarinder Singh Friday said that the alleged foodgrains scandal in Punjab may just be the tip of an iceberg as the Akali-BJP government has survived only on “deceit and fraud in the past nine years”.
“It is a fit case for this government’s dismissal as they have not only been blatantly cheating the financial institutions but also the farmers for whom this money was actually meant”, the PCC president said in a statement in Chandigarh on Friday.
Reacting to the revelations made by a leading financial daily, the former chief minister said that he had always been maintaining that the government headed by the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has been playing fraud with everybody and now it has been revealed that they have even cheated the banks.
“Earlier we used to think that this money was being mainly squandered in sangat darshans, but now it seems to have been misappropriated as well,” Captain said, while demanding a criminal investigation into the matter after the dismissal of the government.
“What is evident is that they had raised the loans against non-existing stocks or had not bought the stocks after raising the loans from banks and diverted and embezzled all the money,” he said.
He also added that this was the reason why the farmers were not getting their due payment on time even after their produce was taken away by the state purchasing agencies. He said that the scandal will cast an ominous shadow on the purchase of the wheat which has already started arriving in the grain markets and the ultimate sufferers will be the farmers.