Cheema asks people to be politically aware, not be ‘misled’

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Sirhind
  • Updated: Aug 13, 2016 16:00 IST
Punjab education minister Daljit Singh Cheema inaugurating a service centre in Sirhind on Friday. (HT Photo)

Education minister Daljit Singh Cheema appealed to people to be aware and react strongly against leaders and parties who were ‘misleading’ them on Punjab’s drug problem at a gathering during the inauguration of a service centre in Sirhind on Friday.

Cheema quoted the results of dope tests conducted during the constable recruitment by the Punjab police across the state to claim that the state was drug-free. “Less than 2% of aspirants tested positive and that too happened due to the intake of a certain type of medicine for illness,” he said.

Claiming that Shiromani Akali Dal was the ‘best’ party, the education minister said the party had made maximum sacrifices for state. Cheema said Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh’s statements on Satluj-Yamuna Link were highly unacceptable though inspite being aware that former prime minister Indira Gandhi had started the issue.

“We were jailed during the Kapuri morcha after Indira Gandhi started SYL there and again during the Emergency,” he said, adding, “our government has worked hard to maintain peace in Punjab during the last nine years.”

Cheema also attacked the Aam Aadmi Party on their SYL stance and alleged that Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal was two-faced on the issue.

“He has changed his statements on SYL which proves that he is not concerned about Punjab,” he added.

Cheema further claimed that Punjab was the only state in the nation to establish 2,147 service centres. He said 322 centres including seven of Fatehgarh Sahib district were operational Friday onward.

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