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Punjab CM ridicules AAP’s Covid scam charge

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday ridiculed the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for seeing a scam in the procurement of Covid Care Kits even before the kits were procured by the state government.

In their desperation to attack the government in Punjab they seem to have lost all sense of proportion, said the Chief Minister, reacting to AAP MLA Aman Arora's allegation of a scam in the kit procurement.

Arora's scam accusation came even before the tender for procurement of the kits was finalised by the Health Department, Captain Amarinder pointed out, disclosing that the state government had eventually finalised the cost at Rs 748 per kit with Rs 360 (+GST) for pulse oximeter.

The AAP MLA had based his allegation on a rate list (which he had also sent to the Health Department) that actually listed only 13 items as against the 16 being procured for the government kit.

The Chief Minister said the allegation exposed the party's strategy of unleashing baseless negative propaganda against his government.

Can't hide your failures, says LoP Cheema

AAP senior leader and Leader of Opposition Harpal Singh Cheema said the CM couldn't cover up his failures simply by attributing the growing outbreak of Covid to "public negligence".

He said the number of tests, beds and special corona care and special hospitals in Punjab should also be higher. Cheema demanded that the government provide door-to-door oximeters at its own expenses.

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