Kamal Sharma should step down as BJP chief: Capt Amarinder

  • Vishal Rambani, Hindustan Times, Barnala
  • Updated: Aug 08, 2015 15:48 IST

Facing heat after the arrest of an aide of the Ferozepur BJP youth wing president in a drug case, more trouble was in store for Kamal Sharma on Saturday when Amritsar Congress MP Capt Amarinder Singh demanded the Punjab BJP chief step down on moral grounds.

“He (Sharma) must show some respect towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s views on (radio programme) ‘Mann Ki Baat’ during which he expressed concern over the rising drug problem in Punjab. As Kamal’s key team member has been arrested, he must step down on moral grounds,” Capt Singh told Hindustan Times.

Lakhvinder Singh, alias Lakha, an aide of Ferozepur Bharatiya Janata Youth Morcha (BJYM) president Jaspal Singh, alias Jimmy Sandhu, was arrested in a drug case on Friday. Jaspal Singh is a loyalist of Sharma.

“The arrest of a BJP functionary has proved that it’s not only the Akalis but also BJP leaders who are involved in drug trade, which has taken a worse toll on the state’s youth than militancy did,” Capt Singh said.

The former chief minister said that Sharma had taken the high moral ground when names of certain Akali leaders had figured in the drug racket and demanded their resignations. “Now the state BJP president must be reminded of his statements and resign,” Capt Singh said.

“Both the Shiromani Akali Dal and the BJP are two sides of the same coin. Punjab’s drug problem is because a majority of ruling party leaders are involved in the drug trade to mint easy money. However, I don’t expect morality from ruling alliance leaders. The people will punish them in the coming assembly elections,” he said.

On BJP ministers, including Anil Joshi, backing Sharma, he said they were doing so as they were also mired in corruption. “They are defending a wrong man to save their own skin,” he added.

'Jagmeet Brar's return will strengthen party'

On the revocation of the suspension of former Congress Working Committee (CWC) member Jagmeet Singh Brar by party president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Capt Singh said: “I welcome the high command’s decision. He is a two-time MP and will contribute to strengthen the party.”

Asked about the role Brar would play, he said: “The Congress is a large party and has enough roles and duties for the leadership.”

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