Every death due to drugs is murder: Amarinder

  • Aseem Bassi, Hindustan Times, Baba Bakala (Amritsar)
  • Updated: Aug 19, 2016 11:24 IST
Punjab Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh flanked by Ambika Soni to his right and Asha Kumari to his left during a rally at Baba Bakala on Thursday. Former chief minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal (second from left) is also seen. (Gurpreet Singh/HT Photo)

Saying that every death due to drugs was a murder, Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh reiterated his resolve to send all those responsible for spike in the drug trade in the state to jail if the Congress government comes to power.

Addressing a gathering at Rakhar Punia Da Mela at Baba Bakala near here, Amarinder said: “I promise that the drug menace will be wiped out within four weeks of the Congress forming the government in the state, and all responsible for pushing the state into drug trap, including revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia, will be sent to jail.”

The former chief minister said the Badals had also destroyed Punjab economically with a debt burden of Rs 1.25 lakh crore. Warning Badal against playing “dirty and dangerous” game for his vested interests, Amarinder accused that attacks on RSS leader Jagdish Gagneja and Sikh preacher Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale, besides sacrilege incidents were aimed at polarising people.

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He also cautioned people against the “misleading and alluring” promises made by the Aam Aadmi Party.

Meanwhile, Congress’ Rajya Sabha member Partap Singh Bajwa said he would resign from all posts if Majithia was not sent to jail if the Congress is voted to power.

“There is no use of being in power if such people continue to roam free,” he added. Punjab Congress affairs in-charge Asha Kumari, former chief minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal and state Congress campaign committee in-charge Ambika Soni, besides party MLAs were also present.

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