Amarinder accuses BJP of double standards

  • HT Correspondents, None, Amritsar
  • Updated: Jan 24, 2015 22:01 IST

Taking on the BJP and its chief Amit Shah, the Amritsar MP on Saturday accused the saffron party of "double standards" on the drugs issue.

Speaking at the Lalkar rally here, Amarinder said that on the one hand, Shah talked about fighting against drugs, while on the other, his party is fighting the Delhi assembly polls with the SAD.

"I will support anyone who is sincere in fighting against drugs but doesn't indulge in drama. If Shah wants to fight against the drug problem, he is welcome, but he must first part company with the Akalis," he added.

Amarinder also criticised the BJP for the sudden transfer of Enforcement Directorate (ED) officer Niranjan Singh from Jalandhar to Kolkata at a time when investigation into the drug racket involving certain Akali leaders was nearing completion.

"The excuse given by the NDA government is that Niranjan Singh was transferred to handle a more important case (Saradha chit fund scam). Is this chit fund scam more important than drugs which are killing our youth," he asked.

He also ridiculed the BJP for calling off its anti-drug rally. He pointed out that the Delhi polls was a lame excuse for cancelling the rally as Shah was in Bihar just a few days back. He vowed to hold a Congress rally on the very day Shah held his party's rally against drugs in Punjab.

He also took the Akalis to task for blaming the Border Security Force (BSF) for the smuggling of heroin from across the border. He questioned the state government on the manufacture of synthetic drugs within the state and pointed out that the people were aware of those who were involved in the making and sale of such drugs. In this context, he took the names of revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia, Sarwan Singh Phillaur and Avinash Chander.

Amarinder lambasted chief minister Parkash Singh Badal for wasting public funds on sangat darshan. All that the Badals have done is to make money through the sale of drugs, he said.

He alleged that the Badals had done nothing but to loot Punjab, construct hotels and promote their self-interests. He also took the CM to task for not expressing his opposition to the new land acquisition policy of the NDA government, which would be against the interests of farmers.

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