Gujarat Congress alleges scam in procurement of jute bags from Bangladesh

Threatening to sit on a 72-hour fast in connection with the alleged Rs 4,000-crore groundnut scam, senior Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Paresh Dhanani on Tuesday alleged that the BJP government in the state was also “involved in a scam” involving purchase of hessian (jute) sacks from Bangladesh to pack groundnut.

Addressing mediapersons in Gandhinagar on Tuesday, Dhanani said that “a new scam” involving procurement of sacks for packing groundnut has surfaced. According to him, the sacks, made of jute fibre, were imported through some agencies from Bangladesh and about Rs 50 crore in excess was reported to have been paid by the government.

Dhanani said that an investigation was required to know from whom the sacks were purchased, at what prices and how many sacks were bought. “How many of them have been used and how many are left unused, and where are these empty bags,” he added.