Bajwa attacks SAD on 'drug trade'
On the second day of the three-day Shradhanjali Samaroh being held in the memory of Shaheed Sewa Singh at Thikriwala village on Monday the Congress levelled scathing accusations against the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) for providing political patronage to drug trade.punjab Updated: Jan 20, 2014 18:05 IST
On the second day of the three-day Shradhanjali Samaroh being held in the memory of Shaheed Sewa Singh at Thikriwala village on Monday the Congress levelled scathing accusations against the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) for providing political patronage to drug trade.
Referring to the CBI inquiry into the murder of the Malerkotla boy, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Partap Singh Bajwa said, "If an inquiry can be ordered for one boy why not into an issue involving all youth of state? Why Badal is afraid of this? Akali Dal, its MLAs and state officers are involved in the drug trade."
Bajwa said, "Jathedars are selling poppy husk through police stations. Police stations are literally auctioned for this purpose."
The state Congress chief lamented that Punjab was burdened with Rs 1.02 lakh crore loans with fiscal deficit widening by the day. "The Badal family is the wealthiest Sikh family of the world. But government coffers are too empty to pay a paltry pension of `250 per month to elderly and widows," he said.
Regarding the Shagun scheme he said, "Advertisements on Badal's PTC channel were claiming that girls would sing, 'Maame aa gaye, Naana aa geya', now where are Maame and where is Naana?"
Factionalism in the Congress came to the fore with Barnala MLA Kewal Singh Dhillon remaining absent from the function. Also, he did not attend recent 'chakka jam' organised by the Congress. He also remained absent at the inauguration of SAI Sports Centre despite his name being mentioned as 'guest of honour'.
Bhadaur MLA Mohammed Sadique had left the venue before the arrival of the PPCC president. Various local leaders of the Congress were also absent.
On factionalism in the Congress in Barnala district, Bajwa said, "It is a train that is leaving, whosoever has been left on platform, let them be there, don't worry about them." He was ostensibly giving a warning to supporters of former CM Capt Amarinder.
Bajwa loses cool at press conference
Bajwa was clueless when mediapersons asked him about the Centre's failure to control narcotic smuggling through the Border Security Force.
The PPCC chief, who attacked the SAD in his speech on the stage regarding drug peddling, felt himself in an awkward position when mediapersons quizzed him on this issue. To a simple question 'Whether drug smuggling was more rampant during the Congress tenure or the Akali regime', he reacted sharply, "Mein ki border te baitha boriyan ginda (Am I on duty to count drug bags on the border?)" Infuriated, he left the press conference abruptly with his security personnel roughed up reporters.