BJP won’t target any individual on drug issue: Sharma

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Nov 26, 2014 22:06 IST

Even though Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders are reluctant to comment on the Enforcement Directorate (ED) being ready to summon revenue minister and Akali leader Bikram Singh Majithia in the multi-crore drug racket, the state unit of the saffron party has reiterated its commitment to make Punjab a “drug-free” state.

Ducking all queries about the ongoing controversy regarding Majithia, state BJP president Kamal Sharma, who was here to address party workers, said, “The BJP is not going to target any individual on the drug issue.”

“The BJP is focusing on how to end drug smuggling and addiction in Punjab in order to make it a drug-free state,” he added.

Contrary to the party’s demand for the resignation of chief parliamentary secretary (CPS) and Akali MLA Avinash Chander, who has been repeatedly questioned by the ED, Sharma said the party was seeing the drug issue on a larger scale.

“It’s too premature for us to react. The BJP doesn’t want to give rise to any speculation in the Majithia issue,” Sharma added.

However, when asked about reports that the ED was waiting for the Centre’s nod to summon Majithia, the state BJP president said, ‘I don’t want to comment on it.”

Meanwhile, Sharma said he had informed the senior party leadership about the annoyance shown by SAD leaders against former MP Navjot Singh Sidhu for his remarks against Akali politicians.

“I didn’t get any formal written complaint (against Sidhu). Education minister Daljit Singh Cheema complained to me on the phone. I have passed on his message to the senior leadership,” Sharma said.

However, he refused to comment on the Gurbani row pertaining to Sidhu.

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