Saying that Punjab had been "defamed due to drug menace", Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Sunil Jakhar on Saturday slammed the BJP for "not taking effective steps" against the cultivation of opium and poppy husk in states like Madhya Pradesh where the saffron party is in power.
"Punjab has been defamed due to the menace of drugs and the BJP leaders who have lost credibility are now organising marches against land and drug mafia in the state just to save their skin before the assembly elections," Jakhar said in a press statement here.
Dubbing as a "political gimmick" the move by deputy chief minister to petition the Madhya Pradesh high court for banning poppy cultivation, Jakhar asked the state government to clarify its stand on the use of synthetic drugs in Punjab.
Saying that deputy CM Sukhbir Badal was trying to divert public attention from the real issues, the CLP leader asked Sukhbir to stop blaming other states for the failure of the state government in the name of "poppy husk and opium cultivation" by other states.
"The synthetic drug or white powder has played a major role in spoiling the life of Punjab youth. Police, along with other agencies, have already exposed the multi-crore drug trade in Punjab," Jakhar said in a press statement, adding that if drugs were being smuggled into Punjab it was the failure of Punjab Police.