Activists of Punjab Youth Congress (PYC) and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) organised two separate protest rallies demanding action against leaders of opposite parties allegedly involved in the international drug racket.
PYC workers organised a protest in front of the deputy commissioner's office here and demanded immediate removal of revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia from the cabinet for his alleged role in the multi-crore drug nexus as alleged by arrested druglord Jagdish Singh Bhola.
The activists, led by party chief Vikramjit Singh Chaudhary, marched from Congress Bhawan to the DC office raising slogans against the Punjab government, particularly the Badal clan, for shielding Majithia and other ministers, named by Bhola for their alleged involvement in the drug trade.
The PYC chief also criticised the government for exonerating and giving a clean chit to them without holding even a simple enquiry into the charges.
The workers were stopped by the police while heading towards the office of the deputy commissioner and, later, SDM-II Paramjeet Singh accepted their memorandum on behalf of the deputy commissioner.
To increase the number of protesters, father of PYC chief Santokh Singh Chaudhary also reached the spot with some of his supporters and daily wagers carrying flags of the Youth Congress in their hands.
The prominent, among others, who were present included Deepinder Singh Randhawa, Congress councillors Sushil Riknu and Harsimrat Singh Bunty, Major Singh, Damanjit Singh Mohie, Rajnish Gautam, Rakesh Aggarwal and Goldy Agnihotri.
SAD leaders and workers of the district also organised a protest against the Congress party and its leaders for "conniving with the criminals" to defame Bikram Singh Majithia and others. They said that the move of the Congress has proved that 'a leopard cannot change its spots'.
While burning effigies of PPCC president Partap Singh Bajwa, Congress spokesperson Sukhpal Singh Khaira and druglord Jagdish Bhola at Guru Nanak Mission Chowk, the SAD workers, led by chairman of the planning committee Gurcharan Singh Channi described Majithia as a youth icon and said that the Congress was using cheap tactics to defame 'the hero of Punjab'.
They said that the Congress, which has always remained inimical to the interests of the state, was not able to digest the increasing popularity of Sukhbir Singh Badal and Majithia, especially among the youth community, so its leaders have now joined hands with the dreaded criminals like Jagdish Bhola to defame Majithia and others.
They said that it was ironical that under the influence of the Congress, Bhola had named Majithia whereas it was on record that the minister has taken a number of initiatives to channelise the unbounded energy of the youth in a positive manner.
Meanwhile, the Youth Akali Dal workers also held a dharna against the Congress and asked its vice-president Rahul Gandhi to take action against the state congress president Partap Singh Bajwa for alleged links with the drug and land mafias.
They said that Rahul has no right to stake claim to the post of PM if he wants to carry people like Bajwa along with him.
Chief parliamentary secretary Pawan Kumar Tinu, Akali Dal district president Gurcharan Singh Channi, SGPC member Paramjit Singh Raipur, Ranjit Singh Kahlon, Bibi Gurdev Kaur Sangha, senior deputy mayor Kamaljit Singh Bhatia and others were present on the occasion.
More than 20 activists of Youth Akali Dal on Wednesday organised a demonstration and burnt an effigy of Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa at nakodar. YAD Nakodar president Navneet Singh said that Bajwa is leveling false allegations against revenue minister Majithia in league with wrestler-turned druglord Jagdish Bhola.