Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HTSPOTLIGH­T -

CHANDIGARH: Pun­jab Pradesh Congress Com­mit­tee (PPCC) pres­i­dent Sunil Jakhar termed the open let­ter writ­ten to the peo­ple of the coun­try by Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on com­ple­tion of one year of his govern­ment “a nasty joke”.

He said that peo­ple across the coun­try and all the state gov­ern­ments were seek­ing fi­nan­cial help from the Union govern­ment, but the PM is un­aware of the re­al­i­ties.

“Due to the con­tin­u­ous lock­down for two-and-a-half months, it has be­come dif­fi­cult for every sec­tion of the so­ci­ety to man­age the cap­i­tal to meet their daily needs. The state gov­ern­ments are also in a se­vere eco­nomic cri­sis as their sources of in­come were nose­div­ing. In such a sit­u­a­tion, ev­ery­one was ex­pect­ing some re­lief from the Prime Min­is­ter,” Jakhar said.

The state Congress pres­i­dent fur­ther said the cen­tral govern­ment’s “so-called” pack­age of Rs 20 lakh crore had noth­ing to do with farm­ers and peo­ple of the low-in­come group.

The econ­omy of the coun­try was in dire straits and the Union govern­ment was on a com­pletely dis­ori­ented path which had no pol­icy or in­ten­tion to lead the coun­try, he added. HTC

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