Rahul should apologise to Punjabis: Majithia
With Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi set to visit Punjab on October 19 - his second trip to the state in less than 10 days - the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has demanded that before coming to the state, Rahul should apologise to Punjabis for dubbing them drug addicts.chandigarh Updated: Oct 17, 2012 11:32 IST
With Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi set to visit Punjab on October 19 - his second trip to the state in less than 10 days - the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has demanded that before coming to the state, Rahul should apologise to Punjabis for dubbing them drug addicts.
Launching a frontal attack from the home turf of Punjab Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh, cabinet minister Bikram Singh Majithia termed Rahul immature, ignorant of ground realities, and a hypocrite.
"For the SAD, it is a blessing that Rahul should lead the Congress. Wherever he has campaigned, his party has lost," said Majithia, citing the Uttar Pradesh and Bihar assembly elections. He was addressing a rally organised by Patran MLA Vaninder Kaur Loomba. Hundreds of Congressmen joined the SAD on the occasion.
Majithia said Rahul had done the maximum damage to the Congress at the national level, while Amarinder was doing the job in Punjab. "We wish that the Congress projects Rahul as the prime ministerial candidate. It would help the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) gain a thumping majority as the public has rejected the Nehru-Gandhi scion," he added.
"As Rahul is again coming to Punjab, I ask him to tender a public apology for branding Punjabis addicts. How can he dub 3 crore people addicts on the basis of a study conducted on just 600 persons?" the SAD leader asked, adding that Prof RS Sidhu, who conducted the study, had already said that Rahul had misquoted his report.
He said the National Student Union of India (NSUI) leader who had handed over the report to Rahul was himself an addict.
On senior Congress leader Jagmeet Singh Brar's statement that Punjab's men were losing virility due to the drug menace, Majithia said, "Congressmen can dub Punjabis anything just to justify Rahul's remarks. The entire Punjab Congress is on a mission to defend Rahul by proving that the whole of Punjab is in the grip of drugs."
Foreseeing early Lok Sabha elections, Majithia urged Akali workers to make efforts to ensure the defeat of three-time member of Parliament Preneet Kaur. "We have to win the Patiala seat this time," he said during the rally. He also promised a development package for Patran. Akali leaders Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, Vaninder Kaur Loomba, Harmeet Singh Dhillon and Harpal Juneja, among others, addressed the gathering.
Marriages of 14 underprivileged girls were also solemnised on the occasion.
First Published: Oct 16, 2012 19:34 IST