After Delhi, now the Aam Aadmi Party’s excise policy in Punjab has come under attack from the opposition. Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal – along with several other leaders – on Wednesday met governor Banwarilal Purohit to submit a memorandum against the policy. The leader alleged a scam worth ₹500 crore in the state, just months after chief minister Bhagwant Singh Mann took charge.
“It is stipulated (in the excise policy) that each liquor manufacturing company would choose one licensee to sell its products in the state and that the L-1 licensee should not be a manufacturer in India or abroad. It also stated that L 1 licensees should have a turnover of at least ₹ 30 crore per annum and should not have any stake in the retail market in Punjab which took the Punjab liquor traders out of the race,” he said.
“While MP Raghav Chadha spearheaded meetings with members of the two groups in a suite of a hotel in Chandigarh, two meetings were held at Sisodia’s residence on May 30 and June 6 which were also attended by Punjab government officers, including the financial commissioner (excise) and the excise commissioner.