Sukhpal Khaira slams Capt Amarinder-led Punjab govt for ‘bogus claims’ on drugs
Khaira said the CM must reveal the names of drug traders who he claims have fled the state after the formation of the Congress government in the state.Updated: Aug 02, 2017, 10:33 IST
Leader of Opposition Sukhpal Singh Khaira on Tuesday hit out at the Captain Amarinder Singh-led Congress government in Punjab for its “bogus claims” about breaking the drug trade chain in the state.
Khaira said Congress MLA Surjit Singh Dhiman’s statement at a function at Sunam on availability of drugs in every street of the state and their hassle-free supply proves the stand taken by his party from time to time. “The cat is now out of the bag and all the CM’s claims about weeding out drugs from the state have fallen flat,” he said.
Khaira added that the Congress MLA was not a common man but an elected leader and must be taken seriously.
“The ground reality is that every drug is available in Punjab but on higher rates than previously. Even the CM himself had a few days ago said that the cost of heroin, which was 1,500 per gram earlier, has now gone up to Rs 5,000. He did not say anything about discontinuing the supply of drugs,” he said.
Khaira said the CM must reveal the names of drug traders who he claims have fled the state after the formation of the Congress government in the state. He said registering cases against petty drug consumers is not the solution, but there was need to tame the big players in the trade.
Govt exposed, says BJP
The Punjab BJP said the statement of the Congress MLA had “exposed” the claims of the state government on drug menace issue. State BJP secretary Vineet Joshi said Amarinder’s claims of ending the drug menace in Punjab had “fallen flat” with Dhiman’s statement. Joshi demanded that Amarinder ask Dhiman to name those who were involved in the sale of drugs.
Remarks twisted out of context: Dhiman
Punjab Congress MLA Surjit Singh Dhiman has rejected media reports on his statement on drugs, saying his remarks have been twisted. In a statement issued here on Tuesday, Dhiman said while he had raised the issue of drugs at the state-level function held in Sunam (Sangrur) to mark the anniversary of Shaheed Udham Singh’s martyrdom, his remarks had been interpreted out of context.
Dhiman said he was concerned about the drugs menace in the state and had described it was a major problem and it would be unreasonable to expect just the government to control it. “But the media chose to project them wrongly, making it appear that he was countering the state government’s claims on its anti-drugs war,” he added.