Nobody wants Khalistan


DW BUREAU / chandigarh Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday asked the BJP-led Centre to return donations received from Chinese companies in the PM-CARES Fund, amid the India-China border tensions. Addressing a press conference here, Singh alleged that the PM-CARES Fund, set up to strengthen India's fight against coronavirus, received donations from some Chinese companies. "I think we must take a tough stand on China," said the Congress leader. "I don't think we can afford to take Chinese money when our boys are being killed," he said. Twenty Indian soldiers were killed in a violent clash with the Chinese army in Galwan Valley of Ladakh during the night of June 15-16. Singh also named some Chinese companies which have made donation to the PM-CARES (Prime Minister's Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations) Fund . "This is not a question of how much money has come, even if one rupee has been received from Chinese companies at a time when they (China) are responsible for COVID and secondly they are responsible for aggression against my country. "I think this is the time whatever money has been received from Chinese companies should be returned. India doesn't need Chinese money to look after itself," he said. In reply to a question, Singh said his government will check on the "involvement" of China in an Indian firm selected to deliver smartphones to be given to youths as part of the Congress' poll promise. The chief minister said the state government had given a contract to an Indian company for the delivery of smartphones. "We will check what is China's involvement in this company and to what extent and then make a decision," said Singh while replying to a question. "What is the equity situation (in the company)? Is it Chinese equity or Indian ?" said Singh, elaborating the issues to be examined. He said the firm had said 50,000 smartphones were ready and that they wanted to deliver another 50,000 more phones in July. Before coming to power in 2017, the state Congress had promised to give free smartphones to youths in the state. The Congress had announced in its election manifesto that in order to "encourage and incentivise" youths to use digital technology in day-to-day lives, it would distribute free smartphones. He said that he is for the reopening of the Kartarpur corridor with adherence to the physical distancing norms amid the COVID-19 pandemic. His statement came two days after Pakistan conveyed its readiness to India to reopen the Kartarpur corridor on the occasion of the death anniversary of Sher-e-Punjab or "Lion of Punjab" Maharaja Ranjit Singh who ruled the Sikh empire spread across the northwest Indian subcontinent in the early half of the 19th century. The corridor was temporarily suspended because of the COVID-19. "I want the Kartarpur corridor to be open. There can be social distancing," said Singh while replying to a question during a press conference here. He said if he is asked on this issue, he would suggest the reopening of the corridor. "If they ask me, I will suggest that it can be opened with social distancing," Singh added.However, he said that the Indian government could not be ready for reopening the corridor in a short time. (editor@dailyworld.in)




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