Badal should have removed Majithia, CPS, says BJP national secretary

  • Neeraj Mohan, Hindustan Times, Sangrur
  • Updated: Dec 26, 2014 20:26 IST

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday slammed Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal for not removing revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia and chief parliamentary secretary soon after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) called them for interrogation in the multi-crore drug racket in the state.

BJP national secretary Tarun Chugh told mediapersons, "The chief minister should have removed Majithia and CPS Avinash Chander soon after the allegation of their involvement in the multi-crore drug haul, just like it was done in the case of Sarwan Singh Phillaur."

He said not removing Majithia attracted criticism.

About BJP's stand on the alliance following SAD leader's alleged involvement in drug trade, he said, "Though our alliance with SAD is firm, the BJP will not compromise on the drug issue, just as the Prime Minister Narender Modi had announced. Strict action will be taken against the leaders if the allegations are proved."

On Congress' call to gherao BJP national president Amit Shah's visit to Punjab, he said, "Instead of blocking Amit Shah, they should gherao Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's house for appointing Gidderbaha MLA Amrinder Singh Raja Warring as Youth Congress president, ignoring the allegation of the latter's involvement in drug trade."

About the membership drive, he said over 6 lakh people had joined the party since the drive was launched in November, and the party expected 15 lakh new members to be inducted before March 2015.

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