Our leadership watching drug issue in Punjab closely: BJP national secy

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Dec 25, 2014 22:27 IST

Bharatiya Janata Party national secretary and national co-in-charge for party’s membership drive Sudha Yadav on Thursday said their national president Amit Shah was closely monitoring the political developments in Punjab, especially on the drug issue.

She asserted that the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the Centre would make sincere efforts to eradicate the menace from the state.

Expressing satisfaction over the party’s ongoing membership drive in the state, Yadav said the party base in Punjab was getting stronger by the day and it shows the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“BJP national president Amit Shah will launch a special campaign against drugs in Amritsar on January 12 as the party thinks that it is more important than any other issue in the state,” she said.

Yadav said Shah is keeping a close eye on the political developments in Punjab and the party is taking an independent feedback from different quarters as how to tackle the drug menace.

Earlier, former minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla while addressing the gathering said the state government’s claims for making efforts to curb the drug menace were just eyewash.

“In a state where liquor is available like water, the government claims that the drug supply has been reduced. It is but drama,” said Chawla.

The former minister also took potshots at Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MLA Virsa Singh Valtoha’s statement in the Vidhan Sabha on Tuesday that he was a terrorist and would remain one.

“I appeal to the chief minister to immediately suspend Valtoha from SAD. Terrorists have no place in Punjabi society where peace was earned after giving so many sacrifices. A case should be filed against him (Valtoha) immediately as he has confessed to be a terrorist in the assembly,” said Chawla.

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