A day after chief minister Parkash Singh Badal downplayed Punjab’s drug problem at a ‘sangat darshan’ in Lopoke in Rajasansi constituency, Congress was quick to remark that the state’s drug problem will be the party’s main poll agenda and that it was committed to make Punjab ‘nasha mukt’.
Congress leaders Ravneet Singh Bittu (Ludhiana MP) and Shamsher Singh Dullo (Rajya Sabha MP) targeted the Badals and cabinet minister Bikram Singh Majithia at a worker’s meeting at Majithia’s constituency Kathunangal.
Saying that the recently released Bollywood flick ‘Udta Punjab’ mirrored Punjab’s reality, Bittu said, “Punjab continues to face humiliation because of the prevailing drug problem. It is an unfortunate situation. But instead of accepting it, he is denying the fact. Every person in Punjab knows the real situation and we will definitely ensure that the state is made ‘drug-free’ when the Congress comes to power,” adding that one routinely heard about cases of death from drug overdose.
Bittu also slammed the government for failing to nab culprits behind incidents of desecration of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib in Bargari. “This government has failed to arrest the culprits behind these incidents. I will say the CM is responsible for all of this,” he added.
The Ludhiana MP also targeted the government for the poor state of farmers in Punjab and said it was doing nothing to stop farmer suicides. “People are committed to teach a lesson to the Akalis and they will find it tough to pin their hopes on Majithia during election,” he said.
Reiterating Bittu’s words, Rajya Sabha MP Dullo said, “The majority of Punjab’s youth is trapped in a drug menace and the Badals are clearly responsible for this. Punjab is fed up and has made its mind to throw the Akalis out of power. The Congress is committed to fight the drug problem. We will wipe it out like we did the problem of terrorism.” Dullo also challenged deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal to a dope test.