Union min Sampla blames 'weak' UPA govt for drug problem in Punjab
Vijay Sampla, Union minister of state for social justice and empowerment, blamed the union government for the prevailing menace of drug addiction in Punjab as he skirted a direct reply to the question whether it was not the responsibility of the SAD-BJP government, which has been ruling the state for about seven years.punjab Updated: Jan 19, 2015 18:14 IST
Vijay Sampla, Union minister of state for social justice and empowerment, blamed the union government for the prevailing menace of drug addiction in Punjab as he skirted a direct reply to the question whether it was not the responsibility of the SAD-BJP government, which has been ruling the state for about seven years.
"Neither the SAD nor the BJP are responsible for the problem of drugs in Punjab in any way. It is all due to the United Progressive Alliance government's wrong policies that gave concessions to the neighboring states for setting up industry and most of the industrial units from Punjab shifted to those states. It led to unemployment in the state and an unemployed youth is more prone to falling prey to drugs," said Sampla, talking to mediapersons at Baba Farad nursing college in Sandhwan village near Kotkapura where he had come to attend a function organised by the institute about drug awareness.
Though Sampla indirectly admitted to the problem of unemployment in the state, which has allegedly increased during the past years, he avoided to reply to a question whether the state government had failed to provide employment opportunities and curb the drug addiction in the state.
He said, "The weak UPA government at the Centre had failed to secure the international borders. After the BJP came to power, international borders are more secure. Our soldiers are ready to respond to any situation on the borders while, it was not the case arlier.," Sampla said.
"We we are creating awareness about drugs which is helpful in curbing the menace and the people can feel that now "achhe din aa gaye hain," he said.
Sampla's visit to attend a function in the nursing college and the annual function of SKG Sarv Hitkari Vidya Mandir's is also an indication that BJP is becoming more active in the region.
In Kotkapura, Sampla was accompanied by BJP leaders and no senior leader of the SAD was present. A few days ago, he had also attended a rally in the Lambi constituency of Muktsar district, which is a Badal bastion. There too, he was accompanied by BJP leaders only.
First Published: Jan 17, 2015 22:16 IST