first_imgPunjab Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Monday accused former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir Badal of siphoning off over ₹2,000 crore of funds under Smart City project and Amrut scheme. He also alleged that the Badal duo have “put the money into their accounts by diverting State funds”. With the money meant for urban development being “misused” by the previous SAD-BJP government, Mr Sidhu said the Centre has now refused to give a single penny to Punjab for the Smart City project. Asking them to tell the people where they had spent the funds, he said Badals, who used to boast about the State’s development, carried out the same “only in newspapers”. ”…the money meant for some purpose directly went to the (Badal) family. Money which used to come in the State for some purpose, Badal and his son diverted it and put it into their accounts,” he alleged. The Local Body Minister in the Amarinder Singh government also alleged that the previous dispensation contributed only ₹32 crore as theState’s share for Smart City project for Ludhiana as against ₹200 crore. The Centre had sent ₹200 crore. “By spending ₹32 crore, balance ₹168 crore was still pending. There is no information about ₹168 crore,” he told reporters. “You (Badals) misused the money. The money meant for smart city was spent somewhere else,” he alleged and added “my only question is where is the money, they should tell.” Mr Sidhu said that the Centre has refused to give money to Punjab for smart city projects after it noticed “misuse of funds.” ‘Destroyed Punjab’Attacking Parkash Singh Badal, Mr Sidhu said, “He called himself as ‘Vikas purash’ There is no one bigger than him who destroyed the State.”last_img

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