Senior Congress leader Fateh Jung Singh Bajwa on Friday flayed SAD-BJP government for promoting casino culture in Punjab, which is already alleged to be facing the menace of drug abuse.
He also demanded to make public the names of Akali Dal leaders allegedly helping the drug mafia, as submitted by former DGP (jails) Shashi Kant to the state government.
In a statement issued here, Bajwa said that online lottery and setting up of race courses in state would spoil the youth. He said that online lottery was banned by former Congress government after the reports that people were committing suicide after losing their hard earned money in the online lottery. He said that it would be bane for youth and the poor who might be lured to become rich overnight.
Bajwa refuted the statement of Chief Parliamentary Secretary Virsa Singh Valtoha in which he has blamed the central government for smuggling of narcotics to Punjab from across the border. He said that if Valtoha was aware of points from where drugs were smuggled,he should have informed the authorities.
He alleged that leaders of ruling SAD-BJP alliance were involved in smuggling and sale of narcotics. He said that former Punjab Police DGP(Jails) Shashi Kant had submitted a list of political leaders who were part of the drug mafia. He demanded from Chief Minister to make public the names mentioned in the list.
He asked Valtoh, he holds important position in the government, "what is the reason 50 percent of drug smuggling and illegal mining are allegedly taking place in his constituency of Khemkaran."
Bajwa said that Congress supported the anti-drug campaign by Shashi Kant and said that state Congress President Partap Singh Bajwa had already announced to launch a state wide agitation against SAD-BJP government for allegedly spreading drug menace and shielding illegal mining.
He alleged that ministers of SAD-BJP government were involved in misuse of funds of central grants. He said that latest book scam in the education department was a big shame. He said that Education minister Sikandar Singh Maluka didn't think even once before allegedly misusing funds meant for books to school children.
Bajwa demanded a CBI probe into the book scam and asked the education minister to resign on moral grounds. He said that inquiry into the scam by a retired judge A.K.Jindal was mere an eyewash. He said that family relations of Justice Jindal with Maluka were known to one and all.