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Badal ridicules Bittu's remark on drug addicts

chandigarh Updated: Oct 15, 2012 20:36 IST
Bahadurjeet Singh

Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday ridiculed Anandpur Sahib MP Ravneet Singh Bittu's statement that 70% of the youth of Badal village were hooked to drugs.

"I fail to understand why Bittu is making such baseless statements when he has not even visited the village and does not know anything about it," Badal told mediapersons here.

He said if Bittu could make ridiculous comments about his (Badal's) village, he could also make similar comments about Bittu's village.

He reiterated that the Punjab government could not be blamed for the drug menace in the state, adding that it was the Centre's duty to stop drug trafficking through the international border and from Rajasthan, which was ruled by the Congress.

Replying to a question about allegations of misappropriation of funds by the trust of union minister Salman Khurshid, Badal said a proper inquiry must be conducted into the matter and action should be taken against the guilty.

Badal said new scams of the UPA government were coming to light every day. However, the government was taking action against lower-level officials only and protecting the high-ups, he alleged.

Earlier, the CM attended the ceremony for the immersion of ashes of Kilianwali Akali leader

Rajinder Singh Bhatti in the Sutlej at Gurdwara Patalpuri Sahib. Bhatti had passed away on October 4.

A large number of Akali and BJP leaders and workers, including Punjab irrigation minister Janmeja Singh Sekhon, BJP vice-president Swaran Salaria, Rupnagar MLA Dr Daljit Singh Cheema, former minister Satwant Kaur Sandhu, SGPC members Amarjit Singh Chawla and Paramjit Singh Lakhewal, were present on the occasion.