People's Party of Punjab chief Manpreet Singh Badal on Saturday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leadership once again ditched Punjab at Anandpur Sahib by not announcing a financial package. He said the problem of drug addiction raised by Union home minister Rajnath Singh amounted to indictment of the Parkash Singh Badal government and the legitimacy of the Akali Dal-BJP alliance was getting eroded.
"Rajnath touched the raw nerve of deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal who has been rejecting the drug menace in the state even as the Shiromani Akali Dal had promised to launch a campaign against drug addiction in its manifesto during the previous assembly elections," he said.
"Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, on the other hand, has been blaming smuggling from across the border for the alarming situation. Now, the Union home minister has put the state government leadership in an embarrassing situation. The BJP for the past several months has been talking of combating the problem. It's the Akali leadership that has been nailed," he added.
He referred to the indifference of both BJP chief Amit Shah and Rajnath to injustice to the state raised by Sukhbir along with that of continued discrimination under the Narendra Modi government by other Akali leaders, including Ranjit Singh Brahmpura.
Manpreet said the CM should have got some assurance at least on the fiscal front to which Punjab was entitled. He said the state was losing at every level under the present dispensation, both at the Centre and in the state.