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Badals misleading people for political agenda, says Capt Amarinder Singh

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 3

Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Friday lashed out at Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Sukhbir Singh Badal and Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal for "misleading people to promote their petty political agenda in the midst of the Covid crisis".

If sincere, quit NDA

If the Badals are sincere in opposing the fuel price hike by the Centre, why don't they quit the NDA coalition? — Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister

In an attack on the Badal couple, the Chief Minister said the concerted manner in which both of them were running a campaign of deceit and lies had exposed their double standards. The people of Punjab would not be taken in by the political antics and crocodile tears of the Akali leaders, who had looted Punjab for a decade without sparing a thought for the problems of the masses, he said.

Flaying Sukhbir over his allegations of ration embezzlement by Congress men in Punjab, the Chief Minister said the MLAs were supporting his government's efforts to ensure that nobody slept hungry in the state.

"The fact was that the quantity of foodgrain received by the state till June was more than the figures given by Sukhbir, with over 90 per cent of it distributed. Under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana, the wheat allocated to the state was 2,12,164 MT of which 1,99,091 MT had been distributed, while of the 10,800 MT dal allocated, 10,305 MT had been distributed. In addition, under the Atmanirbhar scheme, wheat (per person) and dal (per family) was provided for 14.14 lakh persons, and the state, after grounding the wheat to flour, added dal to make it 1 kg per person. It also gave 1-kg sugar on its own. In fact, the state government had distributed 17 lakh packets to migrant labourers at the cost of Rs 69 crore from its own funds, with 10-kg wheat, 2-kg dal and 2-kg sugar," he said.

Taking on Harsimrat on the issue of VAT on fuel, the Chief Minister said if she was so concerned about the impact of the escalating fuel prices on the common man, why did she not pressurise the Union Government, in which she is a Cabinet Minister, to put a stop on the uncontrolled hike in prices of diesel and petrol for 22 straight days? He dismissed her purported concerns about the common man, saying it was ridiculous that she should react to the state government's increase in petroleum tax after consistently ignoring the daily increase in fuel prices by the Centre.

'Dharnas from July 7'

Fazilka: SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Friday said the party would hold dharnas at the village level on July 7 to protest against alleged embezzlement and wrong distribution of ration by Congress leaders. OC



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