Tewari lashes out at Centre for ignoring Punjab for flood relief

Senior Congress leader and Anandpur Sahib MP Manish Tewari on Sunday lashed out at the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance government at the Centre for ignoring Punjab, while deciding to make assessment of flood losses across the country.

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Senior Congress leader and Anandpur Sahib MP Manish Tewari on Sunday lashed out at the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance government at the Centre for ignoring Punjab, while deciding to make assessment of flood losses across the country.

According to Mr Tewari, the Centre had formed a Group of Ministers to visit the flood-affected areas in 11 states, which did not include Punjab. He said the state had suffered heavy losses due to the floods and the flood waters were yet to recede in most of the areas.

‘It is so shocking and unfortunate that the NDA government, of which the Shiromani Akali Dal is a part and parcel, has always ignored and overlooked Punjab’s interests and has done the same this time again,’ he alleged, while wondering as to why the Akali leadership was callously silent about it.

Just because there was a Congress government in Punjab, the BJP-led NDA government was deliberately discriminating against it, the Congress leader further alleged.
‘Otherwise, there was no reason why Punjab was deliberately excluded from the visit of Central Ministers to the flood-hit areas. It defies all the logic,’ he remarked.

The former Union minister said when there was the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre and Manmohan Singh was the Prime Minister, there was no discrimination with Punjab, despite having an Akali government here.
‘Whenever and whatever the then Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal asked from the Centre, he was generously given, while now the BJP-led NDA government is blatantly discriminating against Punjab,’ he alleged.
Earlier, Mr Tewari held a public meeting at Garhshankar, which was among others, attended by Love Kumar Goldy, Pankaj Kripal, Pawan Kataria, Harvail Saini, Pawan Dewan, Ajaib Singh Bhoparai, Chaudhary Harbans Lal, Darshan Lal Sarpanch, Ashwani Kumar Sarpanch, Thakur Kishen Dev and Gurdass Saila.
He also visited various villages, including Haibowal, Kot, Chak Singha, Gaghon Guru, Dadha Kalan and Kukran.

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