Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday warned his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal against trying to exploit the coronavirus crisis to instigate people in Punjab’s villages, which have witnessed a spurt of fake news and provocative videos, at least one of which was found to have emanated from abroad, most likely Pakistan, and propagated here by an active worker of Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
The Chief Minister said that the video post propagated by the AAP worker was seen to be exhorting and provoking people not to cooperate with health authorities, thus endangering the health and safety of the citizens of the State. Such rumours are provoking a section of the community to resist proper medical care which needs to be provided to all Covid affected citizens, which is a clear case of a deadly criminal conspiracy against the people of the State who are already suffering due to the pandemic, said Captain Amarinder.
There were enough indications of a massive plot by elements inimical to the interests of Punjab, he said, disclosing that the police had on Thursday morning registered another case (FIR No. 238) at PS Civil Lines, Patiala, on a complaint by a local medical journalist, who was offered 100 dollars for making and circulating a false video on COVID scare.
Captain Amarinder said Kejriwal’s announcement in the midst of the shocking viral campaign, asking AAP workers to go around villages and streets of Punjab with Oxymeters to check people’s oxygen levels, raised serious questions on the role of his party in the conspiracy to undermine the Punjab government’s efforts to keep the pandemic under check and save the lives of the people of the state.
The Delhi Chief Minister’s decision could have grave repercussions for Punjab’s security and integrity, said Captain Amarinder, warning Kejriwal against playing into the hands of anti-India forces from across the border, who are trying to use the COVID pandemic to foment fresh trouble for the state.
Captain Amarinder asked the Delhi Chief Minister to stay out of Punjab and focus on managing Covid in his own state, where the situation was worsening by the day with more than 2500 new cases being reported yesterday and hospitals reportedly running out of ICU beds again.