Nakodar (Jalandhar): A day after his meeting, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday refuted the allegations of any sort of ‘misappropriation’ in the Cash Credit Limit of the state on Thursday. CM Badal, who met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Delhi on Wednesday said, “All accounts of CCL were crystal clear, as the state government was merely purchasing the food grains for the Union government. There were absolutely no irregularities in this entire issue of CCL.”
On Wednesday, CM Badal along with Punjab Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa and Food and Civil Supplies Minister Adesh Partap Singh Kairon met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and sought his personal intervention for early resolution of issues pertaining to procurement of grains, especially the CCL. Meanwhile, PM Modi has assured to constitute a committee comprising of state and centre officials to resolve the issues.
Interacting with the media at Nakodar after inaugurating the work of strengthening and widening of Jalandhar-Nakodar by-pass, CM reiterated that the Government of India must put in place a permanent mechanism for reimbursing the entire expenditure meted out by state in procuring the food grains for the country. When asked about opposition’s allegations of alleged Rs 12,000 crore food grain scam, the CM categorically denied this, stating that there was no such scam. “The opposition Congress had been deliberately raking up the CCL issue”, he said.
The CM said that there was a vast difference between the expenses incurred by the state and price given by the central agencies. “I met Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley yesterday in Delhi and urged him to find a permanent solution for this matter, so that the states do not face any sort of problem”, he added. Earlier, in the day, CM held sangat darshan in Ghandran, Heiran, Sunner Kalan, Pharwala and other villages of Nakodar assembly segment. CM Badal was accompanied by Chief Parliamentary Secretary Gurpartap Singh Wadala, his joint special Principal Secretary Kumar Amit, Deputy Commissioner K K Yadav and others
On the alleged Rs 100 crore land acquisition scam in Hoshiarpur in the four laning project of Jalandhar- Hoshiapur road, the CM said, “I am aware of the media reports but no such scam has taken place in Hoshiarpur and there was no need of any CBI inquiry as well. These were mere allegations and Hoshiarpur Deputy Commissioner Anindita Mitra was already conducting an inquiry in the case.”
Never seen any film, says Badal
A senior female journalist asked CM Badal whether he too has seen the recently released controversial Bollywood film,’ Udta Punjab’. To this, the CM said, “Mai kadi film nahi dekhi (I have never seen a film). Mai movies nahi dekhta, theatre nahi jata. (I don’t watch movies and never go to theatres).” The CM however invited the journalist to Chandigarh to watch the film.
“Biba pher kisi din Chandigarh a jayo, te pher asi bhi film dekh lawange. (If you could come to Chandigarh, then we would watch the film)”, he said. Meanwhile, CPS Gurpartap Singh Wadala, who was standing next to CM Badal quickly, added that ‘Udta Punjab’ was not worth watching. “Punjabiya nu galat tarike nal dekhaya gaya hai (Punjabis have been shown in poor light in the film)”, he said. Later, when Wadala tried to speak further, CM Badal held his hand, in an apparent gesture to stop him from speaking on the controversial subject. But, interestingly, the CM had earlier watched the superhit Bollywood film, ‘Singh is King’ at Sarb Multiplex in Jalandhar. Then the CM had stated before the media, “I am going to watch ‘Singh is King’ film in the theatre for the first time today,”.
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