Sikh leader and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Sukhbir Singh Badal has extended support to the the Punjab and Central governments in the wake of Coronavirus spreading fast in India.
He said “In this hour of crisis, we are human beings first and Akalis or Congress men later. Sikhism teaches us that we are all in it together. Akali workers offer their services to Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh in this fight.”
Badal asked chief asked party workers “to follow guidelines announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh. This is the time to put politics on the backburner and stand united in the fight against Covid”.
Sukhbir appealed to Punjabis to obey government instructions on the lockdown and stay at home for as long as they can. “Elderly persons must get special care. This is payback time towards our elders who have sacrificed so much for us.”
The SAD chief appealed to SGPC president Jathedar Gobind Singh Longowal to issue instructions to ensure that all Sikh shrines and SGPC officials and “sewadars” lead the fight against the virus by observing all guidelines.
The former Deputy CM also issued directions to SAD office-bearers and cadre in countries such as Canada, Italy, the US, the UK, Spain, Germany and the Middle East to coordinate efforts to extend every possible help to any needy Punjabi settled abroad.
Sukhbir and Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, meanwhile, urged all MPs to release MPLAD funds needed by hospitals for purchasing medical equipment to gear up for the battle against Covid.
In a joint statement, the two MPs said that as per reports, there was a shortage of medical equipment and testing kits in government hospitals.
They also appealed to all MPs in Punjab and across the country to do their bit to fight the pandemic by committing much-needed funds to government hospitals at the earliest.