UPA deserves a slot in Guiness Book for corruption: Sukhbir
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Last Updated: Tuesday, February 08, 2011, 18:30
  
Begowal (Kapurthala): With one scam after another hitting the government, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Tuesday said the UPA would soon make it to the Guiness Book of Records for setting new benchmarks in corruption.

"At a time when people of the country were still trying to recover from the shock of Rs 1.76 lakh crore 2G scam, a bigger scam worth Rs 2 lakh crore in S-Band spectrum allotment has been unveiled by the CAG, Sukhbir told reporters here.

Accusing the Centre of setting new records in corruption on a regular basis, the ruling SAD chief said, "If scams keep hitting the government at this rate Congress-led UPA will soon find a slot in the Guinness Book of Records."

He was talking to reporters before laying the foundation stone of development projects worth Rs 65 crore in Kapurthala district.

He said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chief Sonia Gandhi were answerable to the nation for "plundering the country's natural resources and scarce spectrum."

He said the magnitude of the scams could be gauged by the fact that the huge amounts lost on account of them could have provided tax free budget to all the states in the country for the next five years.

When asked about the allegation of discrimination against Punjab, Badal said the state that contributes 70 per cent grains to the national pool and played a sterling role during last 50 years to make the country self sufficient on food security front, got a meagre 0.9 per cent in Centrally sponsored Rs 70000 crore agricultural debt waiver fund.

He said that if the Centre was sincere enough, it would have waived off all Rs 35000 crore agriculture debt of Punjabi farmers without imposing any preconditions.

The SAD chief said that Punjab was getting only 1.29 per cent in Central taxes whereas "non-performing" states like UP were getting more than 20.7 per cent.

He said that it was a blatant case of discrimination against Punjab which cannot be tolerated by SAD-BJP government which would continue to fight till the state gets its legitimate share of 50 per cent.

Later, talking to reporters in Jalandhar, Sukhbir made a reference to another suspected scam involving ISRO saying corruption and UPA were becoming synonymous with huge scams worth lakhs of crores coming to the surface in quick succession.

"Congress-led UPA is setting a new record every day when it comes to corruption. First the Commonwealth Games scam, then the 2G spectrum scam followed by Adarsh Housing Society scam and now the ISRO scam. Scams have become the identity of the government at the Centre," he said.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, February 08, 2011, 18:30


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