Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh asked Monday 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, Amarinder Singh alleged that the PM-CARES Fund which has been 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 by Chinese troops. We cannot use such donations in our fight against coronavirus,” Amarinder added.
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. Tension is still prevalent in the area and both India and China are continuing with their build up of troops and equipment in the area.
Amarinder 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-19 and secondly they are responsible for aggression against my country,” Amarinder said.
“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 asserted.