Chandigarh, Apr 14 (MNN) Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has flayed former Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal for her “pathetic and insensitive attempts to derive political mileage from the coronavirus crisis in the northern state.
He claimed that the Shiromani Akali Dal leader’s “habit of lying, even on the most sensitive of subjects, was shameful, especially when the unrelenting efforts of the state’s healthcare workers were showing some positive results”.
“While all Punjabis know what a congenital liar she is, her comments on the corona situation have hit a new low,” the Chief Minister said on Tuesday, while accusing her of “playing dirty political games” on the pandemic.
Instead of supporting the state government’s concerted efforts, Harsimrat along with other SAD colleagues, including her husband and SAD President Sukhbir Badal, had been continuously indulging in cheap criticism of the Congress regime’s pandemic management, he remarked.
Amarinder noted that the untiring efforts of the medical fraternity in Punjab had led to some improvement in the corona situation in the past few days, as the state no longer was among the top five accounting for the maximum case load in the country.
As per central government data on Monday, 10 states had shown a steep rise in daily new corona cases that accounted for 80.92 per cent of the new infections reported within 24 hours.
He said that Punjab was not in the list even on Tuesday, according to the Centre’s data.
“But far from appreciating the hard work, dedication and sacrifice of medical and para-medical workers, all that Harsimrat is worried about is how to derive political mileage from the calamity, which has struck the state and its people,” the Chief Minister added.
“Does she not realise how such statements demotivate frontline workers, and all the people of Punjab? Or does she simply not care, because her entire focus is on finding excuses to pull down my government?” the Congress leader asked.
Harsimrat had conveniently chosen to ignore the hard facts in favour of frivolous allegations and petty blame-games, he added.
The Chief Minister asserted that his government had never sought to undermine the dangers posed by the pandemic, nor its devastating effects on Punjab, particularly in terms of fatality.
“But even in corona deaths, all Harsimrat can see is an opportunity to make political hay,” he added while lashing out at her for finding fault with the ban on political gatherings in the state.
“While the Congress had voluntarily decided to put off all rallies and gatherings, the Akalis led by Sukhbir were creating mayhem by proudly holding such rallies without face masks and social distancing,” he claimed.
“Had the SAD and Aam Aadmi Party not continued to behave with such recklessness after Punjab was gripped by the second wave of coronavirus pandemic, I would not have been forced to impose a blanket ban on political gatherings,” he added.