The Punjab Congress on Wednesday demanded immediate resignation of state BJP president Kamal Sharma on moral grounds in view of the names of his associates surfacing in drug smuggling.
In a joint statement here, party MLAs Lal Singh, Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, Sukh Sarkaria and Parminder Singh also pressed for the arrest of two of his former associates and dismissal of the police officials allegedly involved in the reported matter of the smuggling of drugs in the state.
"The names of Jugraj Singh Katora and Jimmi Sandhu have come out after the arrest of one Lakha Singh a few days ago. The party action against them is not enough. Katora was the Ferozepur district party chief while Sandhu was a BJP youth leader and former personal assistant of the state BJP chief. Sharma must own moral responsibility and resign as he has no right to continue in office," the Congress MLAs said.
The Congressmen said the arrest of these men and a subsequent investigation might lead to a deeper police-politician nexus without which drug smuggling is not possible.
They demanded the dismissal of the police officials whose involvement was well known. They had been taking protection money from such anti-social elements, especially in this case, they alleged.
They pointed out that both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Rajnath Singh had expressed serious concern over the menace of drugs that had hit the border state. "However, showing mere concern is not enough and what is needed is a strong action to convince the people that they mean business," they said.