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Jaitley hits back at Capt over drug issue

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  AMRITSAR, April 19, 2014
First Published: 21:00 IST(19/4/2014) | Last Updated: 21:01 IST(19/4/2014)

Rubbishing the allegations made by his Congress rival Amarinder Singh about involvement of leaders of  the ruling SAD-BJP alliance in the drug trade in Punjab, BJP candidate Arun Jaitley dared the former to approach the  Narcotic Control Bureau( NCB) in this regard.


"I request Capt Amarinder to go to Narcotic Control Bureau and give detailed information about drugs and the people behind them. Till May 16, their (Congress) government is at the Centre and nobody will be spared", he said while addressing a press conference here.

Regarding Captain's charges that state ministers are also involved in drug trade, Jaitley said, "Whosoever is involved will not be spared. But Capt Saab must go to NCB soon".

Jaitley reiterated his charges that Amarinder is to be blamed for the imposition of property tax in the state. "Property tax was the parting gift of Capt Saab to the people of Punjab. It was Capt Saab who signed the agreement (in this regard) on behalf of the Punjab government on December 7, 2006", he added and also  produced a related document, claiming that it had Amarinder's signature.

"Today, people are asking us about the property tax and I want to make it very clear that it was the Congress regime under Capt Amarinder Singh that facilitated the property tax. Badal Saab avoided it for six years but when the pressure came from the central government, they had to implement it", he added.

Asked as to why so many Bollywood stars are coming in Amritsar to campaign for him, Jaitley said, "This is an election and whosoever supports BJP can come for campaign. Moreover, many people who are coming to support me are here due to personal ties".

Meanwhile, veteran journalist M J Akbar also addressed the media in the city earlier in the day and said, "There is a Modi wave in the entire nation and people have made up their mind for a change".

Defending BJP's prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi over allegations about his role in 2002 Gujarat riots, Akbar said, "Modi has faced intense scrutiny from all quarters and the UPA Government tried its best to target Modi but nothing has been proved till yet".

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