The Fact News Service
Chandigarh, April 18
In a spat between Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) and Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal (@HarsimratBadal_), CM on Saturday categorically rejected Harsimrat Kaur Badal’s claims of central relief being provided to the state on account of COVID-19.
“Your information is absolutely incorrect,” said Captain Amarinder, in response to Harsimrat’s series of tweets in which she claimed that “Punjab received funds & grains to deal with COVID-19 crisis.”
“The state has received absolutely no money from the central government in its fight against COVID-19,” said the Chief Minister, terming Harsimrat’s remarks as another manifestation of her compulsive habit of lying and being ill-informed about the basic facts relating to Punjab.
Chief Minister said instead of using her office as a central minister to help out her own state, Harsimrat was indulging in petty politics based on blatant falsehoods.
“You should be ashamed of spreading such false propaganda on such a major issue,” said Captain Amarinder to the Akali leader.
“What are you doing sitting there if you can’t fight for Punjab and its people,” the Chief Minister asked Harsimrat, lashing out at her.
CM also pointed out that Rs. 2,366 crore referred to by her on the GST count was Punjab’s money, in lieu of the GST owed to the state against arrears. And even there, Rs 4400 crore of the state’s money was still pending with the government, he added.
“You couldn’t even get our own pending arrears released, leave alone get us the much-needed relief package to fight the COVID battle,” said Punjab CM.
As opposed to the 10,000 tonnes claimed by Harsimrat, the state had received only 42 tonnes of pulses so far, which was a joke considering the state’s requirement, CM pointed out. He recalled that he himself had suggested that the centre should arrange for 6 months of ration for the poor in all the states.