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'Agri summit is a waste of money'

chandigarh Updated: Feb 19, 2014 10:38 IST
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Former Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh, on Tuesday, said the agriculture summit was “wastage of money”as several experts and scientists had not been attending the event.

“It is nothing but drama as, on one hand, agricultural experts like MS Swaminathan and Sardara Singh Johal were not attending the summit. On the other hand, the state is facing financial crisis. Still huge amounts of money are being wasted on such events,” he said.

Interacting with mediapersons outside a court, where he had come for a hearing, Singh reiterated his allegations about Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal’s role in Operation Bluestar. “Badal attended a meeting with then union home minister on March 28, 1984, and recommended military action against Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale,”he said, adding that he quit the Congress party after the operation and joined it back when

Sonia Gandhi took over as she had no role in what happened in 1984.

Rubbishing deputy CM Sukbir Badal’s claims that the Congress would be wiped out in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, Singh said his party was set to win the elections and pave way for development of the state.

He also criticised the state government’s inability to cope with the financial debt and said when his government was in power, he ensured that all funds were distributed equally throughout the state. Meanwhile, the application by two of his co-accused, seeking discharge from the case, was dismissed while the hearing on another was adjourned till a later date.

Amarinder and several others were booked by the Vigilance Bureau in 2008 in a corruption case pertaining to exclusion of 32 acres of land from Amritsar Improvement Trust Scheme.