Bhagwant Mann spreading anti-national sentiments in Punjab: Chugh
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JAMMU/CHANDIGARH: BJP National General Secretary Tarun Chugh on Wednesday strongly condemned Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann for inciting anti-Punjab sentiments in the state for political reasons.
Strongly condemning the Chief Minister for his statement in the Assembly saying that Punjab might be omitted out of the national anthem, Chugh ridiculed Bhagwant Mann and said that the national anthem has been a national pride since Independence. It is too flippant on the part of the Chief Minister to speak in the Assembly like that, he added.
Chugh demanded that the remarks made by the Chief Minister should be expunged from the Assembly proceedings and the Speaker should issue a warning to the Mann against using such words in the House.
Chugh said the Bhagwant Mann government has failed to take care of the interests of farmers in the state and it was now trying to pass the onus on the Centre. The Centre, he said, provided adequate funds for farmers to manage the paddy stubble. The Centre also provided guidance to the Punjab government for the purpose, but the Bhagwant Singh Mann government failed to do anything because of which farmers are back on the roads.
He said if Haryana can give MSP on 14 crops why cannot the Punjab government follow it in the state. “Bhagwant Mann is playing in the hands of disruptive forces and has been trying to spread an anti-national idiom in the state, ” Chugh added.
While strongly rebutting the Chief Minister’s observation in the House that the Centre has been discriminating against Punjab, Chugh said under the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi more than nine lakh farmers have been benefited in the state. In addition, a total of more than eight lakh Ayushman Cards have been created for the people of Punjab, while 18 lakh hospital admissions have taken place, reducing the out-of-pocket expenditure drastically in the state, he swaid.
Chugh said that Delhi-Amritsar-Katra expressway is in progress. With its construction, one can reach Amritsar from Delhi in 4 hours and Katra from Delhi in 6 hours. Presently, the distance from Delhi to Katra is 727 km, with the construction of this route the distance will be reduced by 58 kms. This expressway will connect the major religious places of the Sikh community, the Golden Temple, Sultanpur Lodhi Gurdwara in Kapurthala district, Goindwal Sahib Gurdwara, Khadoor Sahib Gurdwara, Gurdwara Darbar Sahib (Taran Taran) till Mata Darbar Vaishno Devi in Katra, he added. He said the AAP government was trying to do malicious propaganda for cheap political reasons.