Hundreds of Congress workers, led by Darshan Singh Brar, former minister and president of the district Congress committee (DCC), staged a protest outside the district administration complex here on Monday to protest against the alleged sale of synthetic drugs across the state.
Addressing the gathering, Brar said that President's rule should be imposed in Punjab immediately because the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has tried to defame the Border Security Force (BSF) by staging protests at the India-Pakistan border.
He said, "Punjab is the only state where certain ministers are allegedly involved in smuggling and one of them had to resign. However, instead of taking action against others, the ruling party is resorting to holding rallies against the drug menace."
Brar further said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has now backed what All India Congress Committee vice-president Rahul Gandhi had said during his Punjab visit before the parliamentary elections that seven out of 10 youth in Punjab were addicted to drugs. "Unfortunately, at that time, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and president of the SAD Sukhbir Singh Badal had dubbed it as a political statement bereft of facts," said Brar.
Former minister Dr Malti Thapar said that the SAD-BJP is fully responsible for damaging the culture of the state. "Nowadays, all the sections of the society have been crying for justice, but nobody is paying attention to the grievances of the people. The Badals are using the opportunity given to them by the people for governance to beef up their businesses and amass wealth. BJP was playing to the tunes of the SAD for petty interests and ignoring the basic interests of the people," said the former minister.
Dr Harjot Kamal, secretary of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee; Kamaljit Singh Brar, general secretary of the Punjab Youth Congress, Dr Pawan Thapar, state member of PPCC, former district Congress president Jagdarshan Kaur, city Congress president Opinder Gill and Col Babu Singh, former president of the district Congress committee also addressed the Congress workers.