Shiromani Akali Dal: ‘AAP must prove claim of Punjabi drug addiction’

Shiromani Akali Dal secretary general and senior leader Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa asked the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to “substantiate its claim that 70 per cent of Punjabis were drug addicts”.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: June 11, 2016 12:01 pm
Shiromani Akali Dal, Aam Aadmi Party, Arvind Kejriwal, AAP, drug addiction, Punjab drugs, drug addicts Punjab, Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, AAP drug deceit, SAD AAP drugs, AAP drugs SAD, SAD, India news, politics, latest news, Chandigarh news, national news Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa (SAD) questioned AAP’s claim that 70 per cent of Punjab is addicted to drugs. (Express photo by Ravi Kanojia)

The Shiromani Akali Dal on Friday asked the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to “substantiate its claim that 70 per cent of Punjabis were drug addicts”, saying if this was so then a majority of the Punjab population, including 35 per cent womenfolk, were drug addicts.

“AAP has also repeatedly claimed that a majority of people of Punjab support this claim. Does that mean that a majority section of drug addicts support AAP in Punjab?” SAD secretary general and senior leader Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa said in a statement here on Friday.

Dhindsa said that this was the only inference which could be drawn from the “utter lies being uttered by AAP convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and a host of other AAP leaders on the drug issue”.

“You have been caught in your own web of deceit. Now you have to make good your implications and tell Punjabis whether out of a population about three crore people, there were as many as 2.10 crore drug addicts?” Dhindsa asked AAP in the statement.

“AAP and its ragtag team led by outsiders from Uttar Pradesh have proved that it could stoop down to any level to fulfil its wish to capture Punjab,” Dhindsa said, adding that “for you Punjab is a trophy but for us, it is our motherland and we feel the pain when it is defamed”.

“Please tell us are most of our young girls and mothers also drug addicts? If yes, lay the facts before the people of the state. If not, at least have some shame and apologise to Punjabis for the reckless manner in which you have tarnished their image in the eyes of the world,” Dhindsa told AAP.

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