Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Partap Singh Bajwa has sought the support of Akal Takht jathedar Gurbachan Singh in combating the drug menace and the drug mafia in Punjab so as to save the future generations of this state.
"I appeal to the Akal Takht jathedar, leaders of the Sant Samaj, to all political and social organisations and to every Punjabi to join hands to fight against those responsible for the drug trade. This is not a political but a humane appeal for sake of our youth," he said while talking to mediapersons here on Friday.
Bajwa had flown down from New Delhi to call on his party colleague and PPCC general secretary Lalli Majithia, who was injured in police lathicharge at Amritsar on Wednesday. Lalli had led a protest by his party workers demanding the arrest of revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia, as the arrested Patiala drug racket kingpin Jagdish Singh Bhola had pointed an accusing finger at the minister.
Reiterates demand for CBI inquiry
Reiterating his demand for a CBI inquiry in the Patiala synthetic drug racket, the PPCC chief wondered as to why chief minister Parkash Singh Badal was averse to such a probe.
"We are not asking for Majithia's or any other person's head, we are only asking for an inquiry by the CBI. If Majithia is clean, the CBI will clear him, so why is Badal sahib afraid," Bajawa added.
He pointed to the state government handing over the investigations in the Vidhu Jain murder case (of Malerkotla) to the central investigation agency and said, "If this case can be handed over to the CBI, why not the Patiala drug racket. After all, drugs have already claimed a large number of lives in the state."
Asked about the possibility of names of Congressmen surfacing in the Patiala drug racket, Bajwa said, "The Akalis are on the backfoot. They will now go to any extent to defame the Congress but our fight against drugs will continue."
He made it clear that the Congress agitation programme chalked out for the next week still stood as the chief minister had neither sacked Majithia from the cabinet nor a case had been registered against him. Neither has the CM agreed to the CBI inquiry, he added.
He revealed that on January 15, the Congress will be filing a PIL in the Punjab and Haryana high court for a CBI inquiry into the racket.
Bajwa addressed party workers at the residence of Lalli Majithia and asked them to join hands in this fight against drug mafia. He told them to get rid of the fear of Majithia, as they had a leader like Lalli, who had time and again taken on the Akali minister.
Appeal to party rebels
When the media pointed to the absence of a majority of the disgruntled leaders of his party from the anti-Majithia protests and dharnas, Bajwa appealed to them to move out and lead people as these protests were for the sake of Punjab and its coming generations.
"This is not a fight of a single group but of all Punjabis. Leave your differences with me aside and come out for the sake of Punjab," he added.