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Cong leader attends SAD's anti-drug rally

punjab Updated: Jan 07, 2014 20:23 IST
Anshu Seth

The rift within the district unit of the Congress is widening as the parliamentary elections inch closer. The latest being: senior Congress leader Krishan Kumar Bawa, who is also former president of district Congress, attending the rally against drug addiction organised by Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MLA Manpreet Singh Ayali, but failing to join the protest by his party members against the drug mafia operating in the state.

Bawa was seen sharing the front row with Ayali at the rally against drug addiction organised in Mullanpur on Monday. On the other hand, he was absent at the protest staged by the district Congress against the state government wherein the members called upon the Punjab chief minister, Parkash Singh Badal, to hand over the synthetic drug case, allegedly masterminded by SAD minister Bikram Singh Majithia, to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

The protest was led by district Congress president Pawan Dewan, who was accompanied by MLA Surinder Dawar and Mahila wing president Leena Taparia.

Interestingly, Bawa's name was left out from the newly formed executive of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) following which he had resigned from the membership of Telephone Advisory Committee (TAC) and Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

When asked about his presence at the SAD rally and absence from Congress-led protest, Bawa said every Punjabi should rise above party politics to put up a joint fight against drug addiction in the state. He said there were leaders from other political parties as well at the rally.

"From panchayat members to members of Parliament, senior-most leaders of various parties are involved in drug distribution for vote-bank politics, which should be brought to an end. As far as today's absence is concerned, I am out of station to attend another function," Bawa added.

Meanwhile , registering his protest with the PPCC president, Bawa said I am a committed soldier of the Congress and would serve it till my last breath, but it pains to see that people from outside the party are getting importance over the ones who have selflessly served it for decades.

Congress protest leaves commuters at receiving end

Once again, commuters were a harried lot as the Congress party's district unit staged a protest demanding a CBI probe into the alleged involvement of state revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia in an international drug racket, at the Jagraon Bridge. Traffic came to a standstill in all four directions, leading to long jams on all roads leading to the Jagraon Bridge. Besides, Congress apathy towards public inconvenience, neither the district administration nor the traffic wing of police commissionerate took any initiative to prevent the protest at this specific intersection.