Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) ministers on Thursday urged Congress legislature party (CLP) leader Sunil Jakhar not to play politics on drugs, even accusing him of being under pressure from vested interests to rake up the drug issue.
In a joint statement here, SAD ministers Janmeja Singh Sekhon, Sharanjit Singh Dhillon and Gulzar Singh Ranike stated that the Congress should rather take action against Jalandhar MP Chaudhary Santokh Singh, Youth Congress president Raja Warring and ex-MLA Sukhpal Khaira, accusing these Congressmen of being tainted with drug charges recently.
“It is strange that the CLP leader allowed himself to get pressurised from vested interests into demanding a privilege motion against revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia despite having given a clean chit to Majithia in the Vidhan Sabha earlier. Jakhar is on record to having said in the Vidhan Sabha that he did not believe Majithia had anything to do with drugs. Thus, any privilege motion proposal (against Majithia) does not have any meaning”, the senior SAD leaders stated.
They said Jakhar might be posing against Majithia out of fear of losing his position as the CLP leader, under threat from the senior leaders in the Congress.
They also advised Jakhar not falling prey to “double-speak”, due to which the Congress has been rejected in the entire country”, the leaders told Jakhar.
“However we believe that Jakhar is a man of principles and will stick to his earlier assertion that he believed that Majithia was not involved in drug trade,” the SAD ministers added.
They pointed out the questioning of Congress MP Santokh Singh by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on the drug racket issue in the past, also reiterating their accusations against Sukhpal Khaira of being a close associate of a drug lord and Raja Warring’s alleged dalliance with the drug mafia.