Curb drug trade or resign,Cong tells CM

If Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal — who is in his fifth term as the state CM — fails to curb drug menace in a 300-sq km state like Punjab,he has no moral authority to continue as the chief minister even for a day,former Congress MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira said on Monday.

Written by Express News Service | Jalandhar | Updated: April 17, 2014 5:57 pm

If Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal — who is in his fifth term as the state CM — fails to curb drug menace in a 300-sq km state like Punjab,he has no moral authority to continue as the chief minister even for a day,former Congress MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira said on Monday.

“He should either quit immediately or curb drugs with an iron hand and stop passing the buck on to the Centre for his own failures,” he added. This comes after the state government had taken exception to Rahul Gandhi’s remarks on consumption of drugs by the youth of Punjab,and blamed the Centre for “allowing drug trafficking across international and state borders adjoining the state.” Badal had also alleged that drug trafficking takes place “due to the connivance of BSF personnel”.

“Afghanistan is the main source of opium,which is routed through Pakistan into India,from where it is converted into cocaine and heroin to be sent to Canada and the US. Once in the international market,cocaine and heroin become very costly drugs,beyond the reach of an ordinary person. For example,one gram of cocaine in international market would cost Rs 10,000,” said Khaira.

Saying the real problem was that local cheap drugs like smack,poppy husk,opium,chemical or synthetic drugs,capsules and tablets were found in abundance or morphine injections,Khaira added: “Drugs are easily available in the state and this is definitely is not possible without the active connivance of the police and politicians. Unemployed youth cannot afford costly drugs like cocaine or heroin as suggested by Badal,thus they fall prey to local drugs.”

He further said that Rahul’s recent statement that 7 out of 10 youth in Punjab were drug addicts,was based on a study conducted by the Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar in collaboration with World Health Organisation.

“It was on the basis of the study that the state government in 2009 had filed an affidavit in the high court stating that 7 out of 10 youth were drug addicts in Punjab,” said Khaira.

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