Newly-appointed All India Youth Congress (AIYC) president Amrinder Singh Raja Warring on Sunday said that the Punjab BJP's strategy of 'crying wolf' over the drug issue could not absolve the party as it has remained a "a party to every wrong that has been done in the state over the last eight years" .
Warring was in the holy city on Sunday to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple after taking over as president of the AIYC. He took the opportunity to address the local Youth Congress leaders, asking them to tighten their belts as Vidhan Sabha elections could be held anytime in Punjab.
Talking to the media, he said that by voicing their opinion against drug addiction and drug trafficking, the BJP was trying to wash its hands off the "dirty linen".
"All these years, the party kept quiet and now all off a sudden it seems to have woken up from its deep slumber," he added.
"If the BJP was sincere it should not have gone along with the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) when the state assembly took up the no-confidence motion of the Congress. You cannot fool the people of Punjab through these double standards," he added.
Warring sought to know as to why the BJP leaders did not speak up when Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi spoke on the drug issue. The Akalis had criticised Gandhi's statement that 70% of the youth in Punjab were hooked on to drugs, he sought to remind the BJP leaders.
"You have chosen to speak out after your party's central leaders, specially Prime Minister Narendra Modi, showed their concern over the drug menace in Punjab. Would you have spoken up if the PM had raised the issue?" he asked.
The AIYC leader asked BJP chief Amit Shah to first spell out the stand of his party vis-a-vis the Akalis when he comes to Amritsar to launch his party's campaign against drugs. It will be no use if on the one hand the BJP cries hoarse over drugs and on the other it continues to move along with the Akali leaders, he added.
When asked about allegations of drug trafficking that were levelled against him, the AIYC president replied, "I had asked for a CBI inquiry on the floor of the assembly. I had specifically stated that all drug-related cases be investigated by the CBI but the government did nothing".
'PUNJAB CONG UNITED'
Replying to a query, Warring termed the dissensions in the senior leadership of the Punjab Congress as "family matters".
"Differences of opinion exist within families, but this does not mean that there is no unity among its members," he added.
"Within the party there may be differences but on public issues, the state party unit is united. We will all be together for the elections," he claimed.
He said that his first prioritywould be to strengthen the Youth Congress at the national level and in every state. "Efforts will be to made to make the AIYC as effective and strong as it was in 1980, when it played a pivotal role in bringing Mrs Indira Gandhi back to power," he added.