Even as the senior leadership of the BJP seems to have softened its attack on its coalition partner Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on the drug issue, the party is set to corner the government on the issue under a well-planned strategy through its youth wing, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), a move that is sure to irk the SAD again.
Feeling that the Punjab government’s efforts to fight against the drug menace are still very far from catching the “big fish” involved in the drug trade, the BJYM is going to launch an antidrug drive from Khatkar Kalan, the native village of youth icon Shaheed-e-Aazam Bhagat Singh in Nawanshahr district, on the occasion of his birth anniversary.
“The efforts on the part of the government are there but the desired results have not been achieved as yet. The police which were hyperactive to catch the drug suppliers two months ago have become slack again. Only a few nakas are left now on the roads and the issue is also losing priority among the politicians in the state,” said state BJYM chief Mohit Gupta while talking to HT here on the sidelines of a meeting to review the preparations for the proposed drive.
He said that through the antidrug drive, the BJYM workers would not only create awareness in the public on the issue, but would also demand a stronger policing to check the supply of drugs which are still rampant in each and every corner of the state. “I don’t say that efforts on the part of the state government are not there. But the fact is that the government has again diverted itself from the issue.
But our drive would again bring the issue before the public for debate,” said Gupta.
As per plans of the BJP’s youth wing, the statewide campaign would cover each and every village of Punjab, wherein BJYM workers would make the masses aware about the drug menace and try to trace the supply network of drugs spread in different areas.
Sources in the BJP said that this was a well-planned strategy of the party to corner the SAD led coalition government on the issue of drugs and convey to the public that the party would not spare even its coalition partner in this regard.
“Though after the intervention of chief minister Parakash Singh Badal, the state BJP leadership has refrained from criticising the SAD on certain issues, but the party, on the directions of its central leadership, continues to corner the government over major issues. The move aims at giving the public a clear message that the BJP is not with the SAD on every issue,” said a state general secretary of the party, requesting anonymity.