Will take up issue of attack on Sikhs in Kutch with Gujarat CM: Badal

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Katron (Dhuri)
  • Updated: Jan 27, 2015 23:15 IST

Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal said here on Tuesday that he will take up the issue of attack on Sikh families in Kutch (Gujarat) with Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel.

"I have sought information about the incident and after collecting the facts, I will take up the issue of protection of Sikh families, with the Gujarat chief minister," said the chief minister while talking to mediapersons here.

He, however, said that the matter (attack on Sikhs) could not be taken up with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as the issue is concerned with the Gujarat state, and the issue should be discussed with the Gujarat CM.

Replying to a question, Badal has also appealed to the Centre to put a check on the interstate smuggling of drugs. "Though, we cannot seal our borders with the other states, but the state government should take steps for 100% check on the smuggling of drugs from the state boarders", said Badal, adding, "The union government should take steps so that the cultivation of drugs like opium is brought under control, by preventing the farmers from selling their produce to drug addicts."

He said that more than 80% of drugs were being smuggled from Afganistan, whereas substances such as opium and poppy husk were peddled from Rajasthan, Kashmir and even Pakistan and there was no drug manufacturing factory in Punjab.

On a question about the construction of a slaughter house in Ghanuari Kalan village, the chief minister said, "I was not aware about the slaughter house, but now the matter has been brought to my notice and I will look into it, but I want to make it clear that the state government was very strict against on cow-slaughter."

You are paying for wrong decisions, Badal to Dhuri people

The chief minister advised the people of Dhuri assembly segment to make right choices during elections. "You have a long list of demands, but you have made wrong political decisions, which has cost dearly to you as now you don't have any leader who could fight for your rights," said Badal, adding, "Tell me, if I don't come here, who will fight for your rights?"

Without naming anybody, Badal also slammed politicians who take votes by befooling the people with false promises. Badal appealed to the people of Dhuri to be aware of the politicians who befool them during the polls and elect the political representatives with utmost caution, wisdom and rationale, who were ever loyal and committed.

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