Congress Deputy Leader in the Lok Sabha Capt Amarinder Singh on Saturday said the countdown for Badals' paschatap (penance) for "all their sins" had begun. "The day is not that far when you will run for cover and you won't get it," Amarinder told chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal in a statement issued here today.
Amarinder said the BJP's concern over the increasing drug addiction in the state was genuine and Badal was doing no good to anyone by denying the problem.
"Synthetic drugs produced and distributed under Akalis' patronage have hit Punjab more than drugs such as heroin that is smuggled from across the border," alleged Amarinder.
Reacting to Sukhbir Badal's statement that he should go for paschatap yatra instead of Punjab yatra, Amarinder said: "The entire state knows who should be doing 'paschatap'. The anger and outrage against the Badals is so deep that even if they (the Badals) ask for forgiveness, people will not pardon them."
To tackle the problem of drugs in the state, the chief minister should go into an introspection mode rather than denial.
"When Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said the same thing (about drug problem) few years ago at Panjab University, the Akalis accused him of defaming Punjab. Now their alliance partner is saying the same thing," said Amarinder.
"You can't just shut your eyes to your problems. It doesn't help and only makes things more complicated," he said.
"The root cause of drug problem is that the business is being promoted and patronised by your leaders," Amarinder told Badal.