Punjab Congress vice-president Sunil Jakhar on Thursday urged the Centre not to allow the Akali Dal-BJP government in Punjab to float Rs 31,000 crore bonds to settle the mismatch in foodgrain stocks.
“The Centre should probe this foodgrain scam and fix the responsibility, instead of allowing Punjab to float the bonds,” said Jakhar in a statement.
He said the state government had no locus-standi to float bonds as it had already outlived its term and a new government is going to be formed.
“By floating bonds, the Punjab government wants to legalise the loot of food stocks worth this amount from the state,” he added.
He demanded that the passports of all “suspects of the scam and their associates” must be seized so that they do not run out of the country like Vijay Mallya.
Jakhar said the food and civil supplies minister Adaish Partap Singh Kairon was claiming till September last that the state government had a dispute with the Centre over the counter-claims of `27,000 crore. “What happened to those claims of the minister,” he asked.