Excess food stocks: BJP seeks legal opinion to file petition

BJP is seeking legal opinion to file a petition against the Centre for "flouting" the Supreme Court directive asking the government to freely distribute excess foodgrain stock to the poor.

Last Updated: Sep 06, 2010, 21:20 PM IST

Pune: BJP is seeking legal opinion to file a petition against the Centre for "flouting" the Supreme Court directive asking the government to freely distribute excess foodgrain stock to the poor, senior party leader Gopinath Munde said on Monday.

"We are seeking legal opinion in the matter and expect to get it within a week`s time," Munde said speaking to reporters at a display of rotten wheat samples organised by
city BJP. He alleged that the UPA cabinet had committed a contempt of court by pricing wheat stocks that were to be transferred to states in violation of the SC directive.
Demanding resignation of Union Agriculture minister Sharad Pawar for "inefficient" handling of the country`s food stocks, Munde claimed it was because of the minister`s
"obstinate" attitude that unsheltered foodgrain stock to the tune of 180 lakh tonne was not reaching the needy.

"Pawar who is preoccupied with cricket affairs, should be relieved of his ministerial responsibility by Prime Minister," he added.

In reply to a question, Munde alleged that the Pawar family was involved in the reported irregularities in land acquisition for Lavasa lake city near Pune and demanded setting up of a CBI inquiry into the charges of illegal transactions.

PTI