Badal blames BSF, Centre for rising drug menace in Punjab

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Sangrur
  • Updated: Apr 21, 2014 09:02 IST

Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has accused the Border Security Force (BSF) and the central government for increasing drug smuggling in the border state of Punjab.

"Because of the failure of the central government, drug racketeers are hand-in-glove with the BSF personnel and that is why the cross-border drug smuggling was increasing in border states," Badal said, who was here on Sunday to address a public rally in support of Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, SAD candidate from Sangrur.

Badal also demanded strict steps to check smuggling of poppy husk from the neighboring state of Rajasthan to Punjab, saying, "Although the union government failed to protect the border of Punjab, yet the state police was doing a wonderful job and every year Punjab police are arresting a huge number of drug racketeers from the borders of the state."

Earlier, addressing the gathering, Badal requested the people to vote for the SAD candidate to bring more development in Punjab.

"We are doing our best for a developed Punjab, but it is not possible without the support of the union government. If you want more development, then vote for the NDA, as the UPA government at the Centre did nothing for Punjab," he said.

"the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre had even failed to provide internal and external security to the citizens, that's why they do not have even a prime ministerial candidate in this election", Badal said, adding, "If the NDA was voted to power, we will bring some big projects for Punjab."

Seniority doesn't matter
Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh said that the Congress high command's move to field senior party leaders for the Lok Sabha election in Punjab would not have any impact on the poll prospects of the SAD-BJP candidates.

"Elections are fought on issues and not on the seniority of candidates. You might be aware that after the emergency, all big faces of the Congress had to taste the defeat, the same will be repeated in this election, as the Congress does not have any issue to seek votes," said the chief minister in reply to a question.

When asked, is Bhagwant Mann of AAP proving any threat for the SAD candidate in Sangrur, he said, "The AAP stands nowhere in Punjab, they have fielded a comedian in Sangrur, I don't think that the people will take him seriously."

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