Centre Asked Punjab to Pay Rs 7.5 Cr for Sending Military During Pathankot Attack, Claims CM Mann

In another scathing attack on the central government, Punjab’s Prime Minister Bhagwant Mann said on Friday that the Narendra Modi – led center had asked the state to pay Rs 7.5 crore for sending the military during the 2016 Pathankot attack.

Mann spoke at the one-day special session of the first session of the 16th Punjab vidhan sabha. A resolution calling on the Center to transfer Chandigarh to the Punjab was also moved by Mann and adopted unanimously and adopted.

Referring to the “apathetic” treatment given by the center to the Punjab, Mann recounted the 2016 incident, saying that the state police force along with central security forces bravely avenged the attack and helped eliminate terrorists without caring about their personal safety. But he said, to his utmost surprise, the Center raised a bill of Rs 7.50 crs to provide central security forces to the state in this regard.

He said the amount was finally waived with the personal intervention of then-Trade Union Minister Rajnath Singh, after he and other AAP leader Sadhu Singh met him.

“It is very paradoxical that the border state that is exposed to terrorism is also forced to pay substantial sums because of its security,” he added.

Mann further said that he also asked Rajnath Singh to give it in writing that Punjab was not part of the country and hired the military. “During the Pathankot attack, the military came. Later I received a letter that the Punjab would pay 7.5 crore Rs because the military was sent. Sadhu Singh and I went to Rajnath Singh and told him to withdraw from my MPLAD but notify in writing that the Punjab is not part of the country and took the military from India on hire, Mann said in the congregation.

In 2016, four terrorists were killed after a suicide attack on the Indian Air Force’s Pathankot base on the night between 1 and 2 January. In the 80-hour shootout, seven security personnel were also killed.

At the special meeting of the Punjab Assembly, in response to the Chandigarh resolution, BJP member Ashwani Sharma, while opposing the resolution and during deliberations on it, walked out of the Assembly in protest.

Mann said the AAP-led government will exploit all channels by requesting prior appointment from the center to urge the prime minister and interior minister to step up pressure to take the fight for Punjab’s “legitimate rights” to its logical end.

He also criticized the BJP-led central government and its leadership, claiming that it was concerned about vendetta policies in states such as Punjab, Delhi and West Bengal where it had failed to gain the people’s mandate.

(With input from IANS and PTI)

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