'Raja Warring’s elevation shows Rahul’s hypocrisy'

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Dec 28, 2014 09:04 IST

The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Saturday said Punjab Congress MLA Amrinder Singh Raja Warring’s elevation as the All India Youth Congress president had exposed the double standards of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.

The SAD accused Warring of having “deep connections” with the drug mafia.

In a statement here, senior party leaders and ministers Sikander Singh Maluka, Tota Singh and Sharanjit Singh Dhillon said, “It is condemnable that Rahul has chosen Warring whose close associates were involved in drug smuggling. This is the same Rahul who had claimed that he was against drugs.”

Asking Rahul why he did not give the youth leadership to an untainted person who could be an example for the youth, the Akali leaders said this was a perfect example of the working style of the Congress scion.

The Akali ministers alleged that the Youth Congress leader was “a close associate of Gurlal Singh, a notorious drug lord and kingpin of a drug trafficking network spread across northern India”. They claimed that Gurlal during investigation had admitted his close ties with Warring.

They said Gurlal had been arrested from Sirsa in a joint operation conducted by the Punjab and Haryana police. “Gurlal had admitted that he indulged in drug smuggling and had helped Warring financially,” the Akali leaders said.

The Akali leaders said that in 2012 also, Warring’s another alleged associate Gurpreet Singh, who had remained his personal assistant and later Gidderbaha Youth Congress president, had landed in the police net for drug smuggling. “During interrogation, Gurpreet had alleged that he enjoyed Warring’s patronage and had even released congratulatory advertisements after the latter’s victory from Gidderbaha,” they claimed.

Capt hails appointment

Congress deputy leader in Lok Sabha Capt Amarinder Singh has hailed the appointment of Warring as president of the Indian Youth Congress. In a statement issued here on Saturday, Amarinder said Warring is a young, dynamic and promising leader who would take the IYC to new heights. He said his appointment would boost the morale of the youth, especially in Punjab, as they would look forward to him. He assured Warring of all support.

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