Chandigarh, September 8
Describing the frequent deaths due to drug overdoses as a very serious situation, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Punjab has warned the ruling Congress of state-level protests. In a statement issued from the party headquarters here on Wednesday, the party’s Youth Wing state president and MLA Meet Hayer said that the drug mafia was still rampant as before in the state. “Due to the bad addiction of drugs, the houses are getting devastated leaving mothers and sisters to suffer. But the government does not care; which proves that like the previous Badal government; the present Congressmen are also involved with the drug mafia, the young men dying of drug overdoses are not on their agenda,” he said.
Hayer said the Congressmen’s silence on drug overdose deaths and newspaper headlines was blaming the ruling party. He sought answers from Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal along with all the Congress MLAs and leaders; as to why they have not yet spoken on the deaths due to drug overdose in the Bathinda area for the last 15-20 days. Similarly, Captain Amarinder Singh, who claimed to eradicate drugs from Bathinda in four weeks, is not saying a word about Bathinda, which is now becoming the capital of synthetic drugs, he asserted.
The AAP leader further said that Captain Amarinder Singh was backing the drug trade started by the Badals in Punjab. “That is why even after taking the oath of Sri Gutka Sahib, Captain Amarinder Singh has so far made no attempt in eradicating the mafia started by the Badals; nor had taken any action against those involved in the drug trade.
According to Meet Hayer, the allegations are being leveled not only by the AAP but also by the Congress MLAs and ministers; but the Chief Minister does not care. Reiterating his warning, Hayer said the youth wing of the Aam Aadmi Party will gherao Captain Amarinder Singh’s residence in the coming days in protest against the daily drug-related deaths in Punjab, Captain Amarinder Singh’s silence, and the government’s failure to take any concrete steps in this regard.