Congress MLA from Dera Baba Nanak Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa has advised chief minister Parkash Singh Badal to turn his attention towards creating more job avenues in the Majha belt as alienation of the youth could push them into terrorism.
"It is your duty to channelise the energy of the youth in the right direction and for the welfare of the state. This can be done if they are provided jobs as an idle mind is a devil's workshop," he said while referring to the recent statement of union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde in which he had cautioned about the revival of terrorism in the state.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Gurdaspur District Congress Committee (DCC) chief said it was unfortunate that the SAD-BJP government was concentrating only on developing a particular area in the state. The rest of Punjab, particularly the Majha belt, had been ignored and as a result the number of the unemployed youth was on the rise, he said, adding that the seeds of terrorism were sown in Majha in the 1980s and gradually it engulfed the entire state.
Randhawa alleged that instead of providing jobs, the Akali leaders of the Majha belt were 'using' the youth for their vested interests. Minds of the youth were being poisoned and filled with hatred by the Akali leaders who were using them against their political opponents, particularly Congress workers and leaders, he alleged.
"The youth was being exploited by the Akali leaders who are bent upon teaching Congressmen a lesson. Young minds filled with hatred can eventually prove dangerous for the state," he added.
Randhawa advised the chief minister to reign in his party colleagues and halt the exploitation of the youth at their hands. He also appealed to the chief minister to "free" the police from the clutches of politicians and allow law-enforcing agencies to function in an impartial manner.