BJP demands resignation of Delhi CM over `corruption` in PDS

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 23:21

New Delhi: BJP on Tuesday demanded resignations of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Food and Civil Supplies Minister Haroon Yusuf alleging rampant irregularities in Public Distribution System (PDS).

"The Food and Civil Supplies Minister should be immediately sacked and the Chief Minister should step down.

"The food security scheme is actually a farce where poor are duped and vested interests are filling coffers by selling foodgrains meant for poor in open market in a systemic and massive scale," Delhi BJP President Vijay Goel said.

Goel slammed the Congress-led Delhi government for "cosmetic surgery" to hide the ugly face of corrupt PDS in the city.

The demand has come after a TV channel through a sting operation showed alleged diversion of wheat meant for the poor under Public Distribution System (PDS) to private flour mills.

"It is clear that without support from the top echelons of administration, this massive loot wouldn`t have been possible. So, mere suspension of half-a-dozen middle or junior level officials won`t do. The sting operation has clearly exposed that the rot in the system is from top to bottom.

"We have been raising this issue for the last several years and in 2008 I had demanded a CBI inquiry into the corruption ridden PDS. We stand vindicated today once again after the latest expose," said Goel.

Goel said even the CAG in its latest report has slammed the Delhi government for causing a scam in Delhi`s PDS. The CAG observed that the food distribution chain of Delhi is "rotting" and held Delhi government responsible for it.

"Now, one can understand why Congress is opposing BJP`s proposal for an Accountability Commission. All such scams would be unearthed through the Accountability Commission and Congress ministers and corrupt officials who helped them in looting Delhi would be taken to task including the Chief Minister," alleged Goel.

"But the BJP is committed to set up an Accountability Commission and fix all the corrupt elements in Delhi government when it comes to power," said Goel.

First Published: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 23:21
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