The Punjab Congress on Monday demanded the resignation of the state’s revenue and public relations minister, Bikram Singh Majithia, to ensure a fair probe by the Enforcement Directorate into the drug racket case.
State Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa, while addressing the media here, said statements of the accused and their family to the ED “have vindicated the [Congress’] stand for a probe by the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) into the drug racket.”
The reaction comes after HT’s report about how Majithia is not being summoned by the ED. “The ED is not summoning Majithia owing to his high connections,” said Bajwa.
He added, “Before the Lok Sabha elections in Punjab, Narendra Modi (now PM) had conceded that a drug mafia was operating in Punjab. He had promised to end it, in full-page advertisements in newspapers. The ads also had pictures of Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal. I have written to Modi to remind him of his promise and to seek a CBI probe as the racket has international ramifications. Only the CBI can interact with the Interpol to probe it.”
He underlined that the ED is under the Union finance ministry, headed by Modi’s “close aide” Arun Jaitley. “Earlier, they refused CBI probe saying it is the ‘Congress Bureau of Investigation’. What are the compulsions of the BJP now? Jaitley was the candidate from Amritsar during the Lok Sabha polls and he has seen how the drug menace has engulfed the state. If not the CBI, they should order a probe by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court.”
He claimed to have been told by “a senior BJP leader” that the Badals — CM and his son and deputy Sukhbir Singh Badal — have met Jaitley several times in the last few months “to request that the ED should not summon Majithia as it will open a Pandora’s box for them”.
“If former minister Sarwan Singh Phillaur was made to resign before his son was summoned by the ED, so should Majithia. He is the brother-in-law of the state's home minister and deputy CM. And the influence is already showing.”
Bajwa remarked that the BJP “does not have the guts to walk out of the coalition” with the SAD. “It (BJP) only wants a bigger share of the loot. They are sailing together in a sinking ship. They (BJP) know that they cannot survive the cold waters even if they jump out, as they do not even have the capacity to win municipal elections without the ally’s (SAD’s) muscle power,” he added.