The Congress is prepared to take its anti-drug agitation in Punjab to the grassroots.
As the Congress chain hunger strike against drug trade entered 10th day on Tuesday, district and block party presidents in Punjab asked state party president Partap Singh Bajwa to make it a movement in every village and district.
Bajwa said he would go over the plan with senior leaders before taking a call. In Chandigarh, he told the party's leaders from districts and blocks about his fight to get the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to look into the synthetic drug racket in which senior ministers of the state government were said to be involved.
He referred to the inputs that captured drug lord Jagdish Bhola had given to police about revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia. The small satraps wanted him to extend the agitation to villages, saying the young generation there was most affected and there was political and police protection to drug trade.
Bajwa accused Akali leaders of being active in drug trafficking with tacit support from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), partner in the state's ruling alliance. He asked his commanders to be ready for the Lok Sabha battle where drugs would be a top issue.
The leaders have to form 11-member booth-level committees to collect and submit feedback on local issues before February 15.