The Congress has accused the ruling SAD-BJP of implicating Congress activists in NDPS cases under the garb of fighting drug addiction in Punjab. These allegations came to the fore during a Congress protest rally organised outside the office of the SSP Amritsar rural here on Saturday.
The rally organised by the rural unit of the Amritsar District Congress Committee (DCC) was addressed by Congress Legislature Party leader Sunil Jakhar and senior leaders of Majha.
The Congress leaders, while addressing the rally, alleged that deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal's promise of making Punjab a drug-free state had become an effective tool in the hands of SAD leaders to get Congress workers booked in fabricated NDPS cases.
DCC (rural) chief Harpartap Singh Ajnala cited a number of cases in the Ajnala constituency wherein his party supporters and those who supported him in the assembly polls had allegedly been framed in NDPS cases.
Addressing the rally, Jakhar said while his party was for fighting drug addiction, the targeting of Congress workers was not acceptable. Despite the assurances given by chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, political vendetta was being unleashed on Congress workers all over the state, especially in the Majha belt, he added.
"We will not take this lying down and will come out on to the streets and choke the government. Badal sahib is in his fifth term as chief minister, but he still likes to indulge in village-level politics," Jakhar said.
Jakhar assured his party workers that he would highlight every case of vendetta in the state assembly in the next session. The chief minister took credit of having fought the emergency, but he himself seemed to have put Punjab under an "undeclared emergency", he added.
"We will fill up every jail in Punjab if the reign of vendetta does not stop. Badal sahib will have to construct a special jail for Congress workers and leaders," Jakhar said.
Pointing to the claims of the chief minister of being pro-farmer, the CLP leader took a dig at Badal by pointing to the proposed move of the government to acquire the land of farmers of Bhallapind village near Ajnala for the construction of a new central jail. The land on which the Amritsar Central Jail currently stood was proposed to be sold to a private real estate company while a new jail would be built on the fertile land of the farmers, he added.
The CLP leader also ridiculed the CM for his remarks that the Prime Minister never thought about Punjab or the farmers. He said the state government should disclose the details of where the subsidies meant for the farming sector went.
Others who addressed the rally included MLAs Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa and Ashwani Sekri.