Punjab minister slams AAP, BJP, alleges laxity in coronavirus fight

Chandigarh: Punjab Health & Family Welfare Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu on Friday lambasted the Aam Admi Party (AAP) leaders for misleading and playing vested interests politics on Corona Fateh Kits as AAP’s Delhi government purchased Pulse oximeter at exorbitant prices last month.

Lashing out at AAP leaders, Sidhu said, “before raising queries at Captain Amarinder Singh led Punjab Government, they have to conduct self analysis, what they did in national Capital Delhi where thousands of people died on roads in lack of treatment and screaming for oxygen and beds availability in hospitals.”

“In view of rising cases during the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, the Punjab Government purchased Corona Fateh Kits at the maximum rate of Rs. 1195 when there was scarcity world-wide, he clarified adding that all purchasing were made in transparent and impartial manner to fulfill the rising demands. He said that Punjab is the single State among all where these treatment kits have been provided to the Covid Patients,” he added.

“Bulk purchase of any item is always based on wholesale prices but delhi govt had looted public exchequer by taking the adverse and suspicious route to give undue favour to these firms with the connivance of big suppliers.”

Sidhu also termed Delhi’s model of health infrastructure of Aam Admi Party (AAP) as a castle built in the air. 

Responding to the allegations of AAP Leaders,Sidhu said, “don’t suggest us to adopt the Delhi model which was built up purely on social media not on ground. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had deliberately imposed the lockdown as he was well aware, he was not in the capacity to provide the health facilities and food to the working forces.”

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Taking a dig at the BJP government in Haryana for purchasing unapproved Coronil Kits of Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali, the Health Minister said that it’s shameful that Khattar’s government has decided to purchase controversial kits for the treatment of corona virus. 

Sidhu pointed out that Khattar’s Government has also purchased Pulse Oximeter from M/s Lovaani Impex Pvt. Ltd. at excessive price of Rs. 825. He apprised that they (Khattar govt) all set to buy Baba Ramdev Kits which don’t have any Oximeter and allopathic medicines, while IMA has already declared it as useless and unscientific for COVID treatment. 

However, Mr. Sidhu also slammed the SAD for using Sangat funds for personal popularity in pretext of COVID treatment and he also asked the SAD President, it’s shameful that you are attentionally utilizing the Sangat donation for personal gains as he already lost their credibility base by supporting the Black Agriculture Laws in Lok Sabha. 

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