A Punjab minister on Sunday stoked a controversy by suggesting that there should be a mandatory "dope test" for politicians contesting elections.
"All politicians should be made to undergo dope test before filing their nomination papers," said agriculture minister Tota Singh. "The dope test should be made mandatory by the Election Commission," he said. The minister, however, said that although this was his "personal opinion", it was an "essential" step for "controlling" the drug menace.
Tota Singh, a Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) veteran, said: "If all players, including the top one, could be made to undergo dope test before start of the match why could it not be made mandatory for political leaders".
Earlier, in his 'Mann Ki Baat' programme on radio, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said the drug menace is a "national pain".
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had earlier claimed that 70% of youth in the state were into drugs. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had also said his government was fighting a "war" on drug menace in the state.