Bathinda voters were lured by drugs, alleges PPP president Manpreet

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Gurdaspur
  • Updated: Jun 29, 2015 08:37 IST

Accusing Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal of misleading people on the problem of drug abuse in the state, People’s Party of Punjab (PPP) president Manpreet Singh Badal has challenged him to say on oath in Harmandar Sahib that he didn’t distribute heroin and smack in the Bathinda parliamentary seat campaign of his daughter-in-law, Harsimrat Kaur Badal.

Manpreet was addressing a press conference on Sunday here at the house of Congress leader Raman Bahl, who had come under attack from the land mafia recently. The PPP leader said the CM had blamed Pakistan falsely for the inflow of drugs into Punjab, as other border states such as Gujarat, Rajasthan and Jammu and Kashmir had never blamed the neighbouring country.

“All the drugs consumed in Punjab are being produced and distributed locally under the patronisation of the ruling party,” Manpreet alleged, adding: “I dare Badal to say on oath in Harmandar Sahib that he didn’t distribute heroin and smack during the election campaign of his daughter-in-law.”

“The Punjab government had ended terrorism when it was determined. It is a matter of less than an hour for the Punjab government to control drug menace if it has the will,” the leader added. Replying to a query, he said the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Bharatiya Janata Party, who had different ideologies, had “formed a ruling political alliance to loot the people of Punjab and share the booty”.

‘No one jobless in Badal family’

Manpreet said issues such as shifting of certain militants to Punjab jails were created to divert people’s attention from the real issues of unemployment, poverty and illiteracy. “Badal is not interested in solving any of these real problems, since no one in his family is unemployed. He himself is chief minister; his son is deputy CM, his daughter-in-law is Union minister, and his son-in-law and son’s brother-in-law are state cabinet ministers,” he said.

Arguing that politics was a science, he said its first principle was to established a rule of law and justice, which had not been done in Punjab. Manpreet had come here to know the well-being of Congress leader Raman Bahl, who was injured by members of the land mafia in Gurdaspur on June 2 for supporting the protest of the people whose 30 residential plots had been grabbed in Gopal Nagar locality of the city.

Flays land mafia

Later, Manpreet visited the disputed site, where he addressed the plot owners, assuring them his party’s full support until justice is delivered. When the plot owners accused local SAD legislator Gurbachan Singh Babbehali of patronising the land mafia, Manpreet asked them to tell Babbehali that people did not light even a lamp at the grave of men who when in power perpetrated atrocities on them.

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