Taking a dig at Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, the People’s Party of Punjab (PPP) chief Manpreet Singh Badal on Thursday accused the CM of maintaining double standards in case of Bikram Singh Majithia's alleged involvemnt in the multi-crore drug scam.
Reminding the CM of a similar incident where former minister Sarwan Singh Phillaur resigned after the name of his son cropped up in the racket, he said: " You have said there is no evidence against Majithia and no action can be taken on the basis of newspaper reports. How come you asked Sarwan Singh Phillaur to resign and did not wait for the evidence? The criteria have to be the same in both the cases as even the investigating agency happens to be the same”, he said in a statement.
"The only difference between the case of Majithia and that of Phillaur was that he had to resign after summons were issued to him by the enforcement directorate (ED)," he added.
He said that the basic issue was that Majithia should appear before the investigating officials after being summoned as an ordinary person and not as a minister. he also said that with his resignation, his clout otherwise would not be less as his brother-in-law Sukhbir Singh Badal would continue to be the deputy chief minister and his sister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, a member of the Narendra Modi cabinet.
He said the problem with the Badal government was that the names of the ruling party leaders were surfacing in the drug racket one after the other. Majithia was the third leader after Sarwan Singh Phillaur and Chief parliamentary secretary Avinash Chander whose name surfaced in the drug scandal. This could not be part of some vilification campaign.
Manpreet also questioned the silence of the BJP on such a sensitive issue in the context of the party demanding resignation of Avinash Chander.
"The commitment to eradicate drug menace should not be reduced to just slogans but followed up with action to prove sincerity to a cause," he said.