Jan 5 protest not against any govt agency: Badal

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Dec 31, 2014 22:25 IST

Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has made it clear that the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) protest coming up on January 5 was against not any government agency but the drug trade through all borders.

Interacting with the media on the sidelines of the Sri Sehaj Paath global telecast launch on a private television channel on Wednesday here, the CM said the proposed dharnas should not be taken as a protest against the Border Security Force (BSF).

"Being on the transit route of drugs that runs through international borders, Punjab is fighting not only the nation's but also the world's war against drugs, yet some forces are bent upon branding the brave Punjabis as drug peddlers," the CM said.

He referred to the campaign of cutting the drug supply lines by putting the peddlers behind bars; and building drug de-addiction and rehabilitation centres. "For cutting the drug supply lines both within and outside the country, we must seal the border as well as stop the open sale of substances such as poppy husk in states such as Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh," Badal further said.

'Alliance firm'

On the war within the Akali-BJP alliance on the drugs issue, the CM said the alliance was "time-tested and everlasting", and "both parties should not be seen as different from each other". "The relationship is strong, impeccable, and cordial because it is time and again cemented with mutual affection and understanding," said Badal.

Replying to another query, the CM said the Union government should intervene to secure the release of the Sikhs prisoners held beyond normal life terms in the country.
Earlier, at the television launch event, Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh performed the "Ardas" and presented the CM with the Sehaj Path video CDs prepared at Shri Guru Granth Sahib Institute in Melbourne.

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