Punjab Congress reiterates demand for CBI probe
Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Partap Singh Bajwa said his party would file a public interest litigation (PIL) in the Punjab and Haryana high court to seek a CBI probe into the Jagdish Bhola drug racket.punjab Updated: Dec 26, 2013 19:45 IST
Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Partap Singh Bajwa said his party would file a public interest litigation (PIL) in the Punjab and Haryana high court to seek a CBI probe into the Jagdish Bhola drug racket.
After presiding over a Congress rally at the Shaheedi Jor Mela on Thursday, Bajwa said the SAD-BJP government had patronised the drug mafia in Punjab and the exposure of the international drug racket in Punjab should be an eyeopener for people of the state. He said drugs were being manufactured in Punjab and supplied all over the world.
He asked chief minister Parkash Singh Badal to reveal the names of the three ministers allegedly involved in the drug racket, as claimed by Bhola, and order a CBI inquiry into the matter.
He said he had already met the union home minister and requested him to get a probe conducted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the drug racket. Bajwa asked all political leaders to take a pledge on this auspicious day (Jor Mela) to eliminate drug menace from Punjab.
Holding the SAD-BJP government responsible for the drug menace, he called upon all opposition parties to come together and launch a decisive fight against the social evil.
Bajwa stated that after the completion of his mass-contact programme in March, the Congress would launch agitations against the state government on various fronts. He said the Congress would wipe out the SAD-BJP alliance in the coming Lok Sabha elections.
Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, former chief minister, said the mafia had captured power in Punjab. She said sand and gravel were the common man's needs, but the SAD-BJP government had monopolised mining and inflated rates of commodity.
Former PPCC president Shamsher Singh Dullo said people belonging to the Scheduled Castes (SC) and Backward Classes (BC) were ill-treated by the SAD-BJP government. Former minister Lal Singh said development funds sent by the Centre government were not utilised by the Punjab government. He said chief minister Parkash Singh Badal's only responsibility was to give the clean chit to corrupt ministers.