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Punjab Cong chief accuses Centre of not clearing foodgrain godowns

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

Sunil Wednesday accused the Centre of not clearing the godowns ahead of the harvesting season, charging it with trying to put the in "poor light" during election time.

said the had suggested the (ECI) to hold the Lok Sabha polls in the state before the commencement of harvesting for the smooth procurement of crop.

"The had requested the ECI to conduct elections in before the start of harvesting (in April). But has been put in the last phase for the polling," he said.

"There is no inch of space in the godown for storing fresh crop. No effort has been made by the Centre to make space for the incoming crop. Where will we stock the wheat," questioned while accusing the BJP-led central government of deliberately trying to "sabotage" the government here.

Any problem in crop lifting will lead to harassment of farmers, Jakhar said.

"There may be administrative problems also as most of the government staff will be engaged in holding elections (during wheat procurement)," he said.

If the elections were to be held before the start of wheat harvesting (in April), the would have been free for smooth procurement of crop, he said.

"Now (with Punjab being put in last phase of polling), the government will be preparing for elections as well as for wheat procurement and if there is any deficiency, it will reflect on us," the said.

However, Jakhar claimed that the state government would make all the necessary arrangements for wheat procurement.

Wheat harvesting normally starts from the second week of April. Wheat is an important Rabi crop and Punjab is one of the major producers of the winter crop.

The polling in Punjab will take place on May 19, which is the last phase of Lok Sabha elections.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, March 13 2019. 20:05 IST