Congress leaders from Majha on Friday sought the resignation of deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia alleging "there is enough evidence of their involvement in the synthetic drug racket being run by international drug smuggler Jagdish Bhola."
The Congress leaders made the demand in a joint statement issued by the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) on behalf of its vice-president OP Soni, general secretary Fateh Jung Singh Bajwa, former ministers Gurchet Singh Bhullar and Sardul Singh Bandala, Lalli Majithia and Gurjit Singh Aujla.
They alleged that one of the arrested persons in the racket, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Maninder Singh alias Bittu Aulakh, had close links with both Badal and Majithia.
"The smuggler is close to Rattan Singh Ajnala, Akali MP, and his son Amarpal Singh Bonny, MLA from Ajnala," they added.
The Congress leaders alleged, "SAD leaders, particularly Majithia, are famous for promoting sand mafia, cable mafia, real estate mafia and criminal gangs. Now, they are promoting drug mafia too."
They also alleged that the youth brigade of Majithia was involved in heinous crimes, including murder of an ASI at Amritsar, who was killed while saving his daughter from Youth Akali Dal (YAD) 'miscreants'.
The Congress leaders said, "Majithia appointed Bittu as general secretary of the youth wing in 2011. His proximity to Majithia is not hidden from anybody. Bittu was the election in-charge of Rattan Singh Ajnala, AD MP from Khadoor Sahib in 2009, and of his son and Ajnala MLA, Bony Ajnala, in the last Assembly polls."
The Congress leaders alleged that the activities of SAD leaders were a threat to the national security as racket kingpin, Jagdish Bhola, was in touch with terrorist Abu Salem, a close aide of Dawood Ibrahim.
"The drug smugglers are linked with the underworld and their interrogation will reveal the role of Sukhbir Badal and Majithia in the racket," they alleged.