Press Reporter News Service
Chandigarh, August 9
Punjab Well being and Household Welfare Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu on Sunday has claimed that Aam Aadmi Get together (AAP) has made a “laughing inventory” of itself with absurd claims over the COVID-19 administration within the Nationwide Capital.
The minister termed Punjab Chief of Opposition Harpal Singh Cheema’s assertion expressing “dissatisfaction” over the Amarinder Singh authorities’s measures to deal with the pandemic as “ludicrous”, and mentioned the AAP MLA was clearly oblivious to the truth that Punjab continues to fare significantly better than many different states within the battle towards coronavirus, which in truth had completely uncovered Delhi’s insufficient well being care infrastructure.
Sidhu identified that the effectiveness of Punjab’s battle towards COVID was not on account of any assist from the central authorities, in contrast to Delhi the place the Centre needed to step in and nearly take over the pandemic administration to drag the town out of the “complete and unprecedented mess” into which the AAP authorities had pushed it.
The much less mentioned in regards to the AAP authorities’s COVID administration in Delhi the higher, mentioned the minister, declaring that even now, the Delhi Excessive Courtroom was constantly questioning and, in truth, pulling up the Kejriwal authorities over its pandemic technique.
Simply final week, the court docket had termed as “incomprehensible” the resistance proven by Delhi authorities on its monitoring the progress made in ramping up the testing, he recalled.
“What Delhi mannequin is that this, which even the Excessive Courtroom shouldn’t be glad with?,” he requested, including that Punjab stays far forward of Delhi when it comes to effectiveness in COVID administration.
On condition that the whole testing technique of the Delhi authorities was beneath the court docket’s scanner, Cheema’s insistence on Punjab adopting the identical technique was not simply laughable however a transparent indication that the AAP was not serious about defending the folks of Punjab, mentioned Sidhu.
All they (AAP) have ever cared about was selling their very own pursuits, which the folks of Punjab had seen by way of again in 2017 itself after they had shattered the get together’s desires of forming the federal government within the state, he added.
In sharp distinction to Delhi, the place the Centre needed to chip in to strengthen the medical infrastructure, Punjab was constantly augmenting its hospitals, COVID centres and mattress capability in addition to different amenities/tools, nearly every day, mentioned Sidhu.
Asking Cheema to confirm his information earlier than taking pictures by way of his mouth, the Minister additional famous that the Kejriwal authorities’s mismanagement had prompted Delhi to contribute 10% of the full deaths within the nation. Punjab, on the opposite head, has accounted up to now for 1% of the deaths, and people too largely associated to co-morbidity, he added.
Sidhu mentioned he didn’t suppose even a single Punjabi would need this type of Delhi mannequin being emulated of their state.
Reacting to Cheema’s allegation of misappropriating of funds by the federal government in Punjab, Sidhu challenged him to supply proof of his unsubstantiated declare.
The reality of the matter was that regardless of no monetary support from the central authorities and no sources of its personal, the state authorities was making certain that fiscal constraints don’t are available in the way in which of saving the lives of Punjabis from the lethal Coronavirus, he added.
The actual fact was that AAP has no leg to face on in Punjab, which was headed in direction of Meeting polls in nearly 18 months, and was thus resorting to falsehoods and fabrications to mislead the folks, mentioned the Minister.
Pointing to the restructuring of AAP’s Punjab unit, he additional mentioned the transfer confirmed how pathetic the get together’s state of affairs within the state at the moment is.
To Cheema’s remarks on a media report concerning two our bodies mendacity on a hospital flooring for 12 hours, Sidhu mentioned the report had already been confirmed to be false and the newspaper had subsequently additionally printed a clarification.