Cong dares Sukhbir to dope test after he says 70% Oppn leaders drug addicts

A day after Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal stated in Patiala that more than 70 per cent of the Congress leaders were “hooked” to drugs,the party on Tuesday labelled his statements as “childish” and dared him to a dope test.

Written by Express News Service | Amritsar | Updated: April 17, 2014 5:47 pm

A day after Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal stated in Patiala that more than 70 per cent of the Congress leaders were “hooked” to drugs,the party on Tuesday labelled his statements as “childish” and dared him to a dope test.

Dera Baba Nanak MLA and Gurdaspur district Congress committee president Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa in a press statement,flayed the deputy chief minister and dared him to undergo the dope test. “I offer myself for a dope test and ask Sukhbir to also undergo the same test in any laboratory. And whosoever is found to be an addict,would quit politics. Sukhbir must prove that he is not an addict before making such comments about Punjab Congressmen,” Randhawa said.

He added that Sukhbir’s statement reflected his “immaturity and insensitivity” towards a major issue,as drugs have taken more of a toll than the terrorism in Punjab.

“The situation of drugs is so alarming that every family directly or indirectly is facing problem and ill ramification of drug menace. The number of Punjab youth in Army is decreasing because state youth are losing their physical fitness because of drugs,” Randhawa said. Rejecting Sukhbir’s allegations that drugs were coming from Pakistan or neighbouring states,he alleged that SAD-BJP party leaders were “patronising the drugs in border areas of Punjab”.

Gurdaspur MP Partap Singh Bajwa also hit back at Sukhbir’s statements. “Sukhbir Badal is the party president of SAD and deputy CM of Punjab. Such kinds of childish and immature statement do not go well with the positions he holds. It shows he has not attained any maturity. He must understand that he is not a college or university going student,” Bajwa said.

Take menace seriously: Capt to Badals

Chandigarh: Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh on Tuesday asked Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his Deputy Chief Minister son Sukhbir Badal not to trivialise the issue of drug addiction in the state,“as it was finishing the youth.” Reacting to Badal and Sukhbir’s statements on the issue,Capt said: “They should behave and act responsibly. Running away from the problem and denying it vehemently will not make it vanish.” Capt added that by criticising Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi,Akalis are contradicting their own stand in the high court. Questioning Badal’s claim that the Border Security Force was unable to curb the influx of drugs into this part of the country from Pakistan and Afghanistan,Amarinder said this was a classic case of passing the buck.

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