The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Wednesday dubbed Punjab Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa as "a tainted person", saying he had no moral authority to speak on the drugs issue "keeping in view his family history".
In a statement here, SAD spokesman Maheshinder Singh Grewal said senior Congress leader Capt Amarinder Singh had written a letter to party president Sonia Gandhi "giving details of Bajwa's links with militants and drug dealers".
"Before taking on those who have ended the easy availability of drugs in Punjab and are now moving to seal the international border, Bajwa should tell the people about his contribution in the war against drugs. Or better still, he should tell the people of Punjab what the people of Majha already know about his family history," Grewal said.
The SAD spokesman said Bajwa should also enlighten people as to why he had always supported people with a shady past and why Capt Amarinder Singh had written that letter to Sonia Gandhi.
Grewal asserted that it was people like Bajwa who had "virtually wiped out an entire generation through their inaction and their alleged connivance" that led to increase in drugs in Punjab.
"Now when the Punjab government under chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has taken assertive action by arresting the kingpins and their peddlers besides de-addicting more than three lakh people, various anti-national lobbies which look at Partap Bajwa for support are feeling frustrated at the turn of events," the SAD spokesman said.
"The only crisis Bajwa needed to worry about is the one in his own party," Grewal added, pointing out the factionalism within the state Congress.