Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi came down heavily on the incumbent Akali-BJP government in Punjab over the issue of drug problem in the state. Addressing a party rally in Jalandhar, Gandhi also raised issues concerning the law and order in state which is set to go on polls early next year.
The issue of drug problem in the border state has off-late dominated the headlines, especially after the controversy relating to a feature film ‘Udta Punjab’ with the film certification board. The film is said to be highlighting the issue.
“I had raised the issue of drugs four years ago but Badals laughed it off… And today they are banning the film for they don’t want to see the reality,” he said attacking Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir Singh Badal.
“If Punjab wants a future, then it will have to eliminate drugs problem from the state. There is no other solution to this. Another matter has come to light. On the one side there is a problem of drugs and, on the other side there is a problem of law and order and unemployment,” said Rahul Gandhi.
Leading his party dharna against the drugs menace and law and order situation in the state, along with Capt Amrinder Singh and host of other leaders, the Congress party vice president vowed to bring the state back on track.
“Amarinder Singh ji said he will take one month to end the drugs problem when Congress comes to power,” he said adding, “you will have to put right officers on the job and remove inefficient ones and this work is not being done by Akali Dal. When you do this job and you end the nexus of police and Akali Dal, then the drugs problem will be addressed in one month.”
Besides Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal, he also took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the issue of economic development in the state.
“Modi ji and Badal ji talk about ease of doing business. Punjab has only one business where there is ease and that is drugs business. That business is protected by Akali Dal,” Gandhi alleged.
Saying “hands and feet of Punjab’s youth are chained and without breaking these chains, Punjab cannot move forward,” Rahul Gandhi also vowed to restore the money made by drug dealers to the victim families.
“Industrialisation which used to happen here, farmers who used to speak loudly, we shall bring that time again. We shall fight your MSP battle and we shall win it,” Gandhi said addressing the rally.
(With inputs from the PTI)