Jaitley for strict steps against drug smuggling from Pakistan

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustantimes.com, Amritsar
  • Updated: Apr 18, 2014 21:33 IST

Expressing concern over smuggling of drugs from Pakistan, BJP candidate from Amritsar Arun Jaitley on Friday called for effective measures to contain "narco-terrorism which is a new form of insurgency".

Writing in his campaign diary, Jaitley said that the drug menace was pushed into India from across the border and it is very important to seal the borders completely to make it impossible for anyone to smuggle drugs into the state.

"Drugs are not grown in Punjab. Narcotics are smuggled from across the border. Some indigenous drugs cultivated in Rajasthan are also made available. There is no solution to this problem except strictest of enforcement. All drug availability must be cut out at its very source. The borders have to be completely sealed to make it impossible for anyone to smuggle drugs in the state", the BJP leader said.

"Even in inter-state travel from other states, strict enforcement has to be undertaken. This may involve harassment of some but that is unavoidable. Narco-terrorism is the new form of insurgency. It should be dealt accordingly, " he added.

At an election rally too, Jaitley had called for strict vigil along the border to curb smuggling of drugs into Punjab from across the border.

On the elecection campaign of BJP's PM nominee Narendra Modi, Jaitley wrote, "Narendra Modi was declared as BJP's prime ministerial candidate on 13th September, 2013. Since then, he has singularly addressed 380 rallies in the country. Most of these rallies have been attended by several lakhs of people. I had initially thought that fatigue would set in after an initial enthusiasm. That does not seem to be happening".

Besides, he said, there have been at least 300 rallies in the 3D format which he has already addressed. "Another 300 are likely to be addressed by him. I do not remember if any single individual has undertaken personal campaign of this magnitude in the recent history", he added.

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