Sukhbir accuses Congress, AAP for defaming Punjab’s youth by calling them addicts
Earlier this week, Congress had upped the ante in targeting SAD on the drugs issue in Punjab, by burning ‘Chhitta Raavan’ in Ludhiana with posters of CM Parkash Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir and Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia on the day Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Ludhiana.
Sukhbir in a press conference Friday accused Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh and Aam Aadmi Party leadership, alleging that both parties were “defaming” Punjab and its youth on the drugs issue.
Citing the results of a recent recruitment drive of constables in the Punjab police and accompanied by Baba Farid University of Health Sciences Vice Chancellor Dr Raj Bahadur Singh and Director-General of Police Suresh Arora, Sukhbir said there was no need for dope tests in the constables’ recruitment, but that “we were forced to take the harsh decision to prove our innocence.”
Sukhbir said as per the test results, only 1.27 percent of the youth were found to have consumed drugs. The Deputy CM said if Capt and AAP leadership discard the “scientific data” and “still continue with “branding brave Punjabis as drug peddlers, they are the biggest addicts”. Sukhbir said “politically motivated branding of Punjabi youths as drug addicts was started by [Congress vice president] Rahul Gandhi. This shows his enmity towards Punjab has not decreased but increased.
Sukhbir also said that Punjab was more vulnerable as an entry point of drugs from across the border with Pakistan as compared to other border states such as Rajasthan, Gujarat and Jammu and Kashmir. He said as compared to “thin” deployment of defence forces, there was heavy deployment in Jammu and Kashmir and unlike Punjab, the villages in neighbouring state were not as close to border.