FORMER Punjab minister Gurchet Singh Bhullar on Tuesday urged Amritsar MP Capt Amarinder Singh to open poppy husk and opium vends in state once the latter becomes the chief minister.
Speaking before Amarinder, at a ‘Captain Leao Punjab Bachao’ (bring Captain and save Punjab) rally at Amarkot of Valtoha, Gurchet said: “I want to bring to your attention that our people have been consuming spurious things and getting sick. So we expect you to open poppy husk and opium vends in Punjab. Earlier people use to work after consuming poppy husk and opium.” He received a huge response from the crowd.
Later talking to The Indian Express, Gurchet reiterated his demand: “Now people consume synthetic and medical drugs. Opium and poppy husk are better as people do manual work after consuming them. Consuming medical and synthetic drugs makes people incompetent”.
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This was, however, far from the only surprise at an eventful rally. Captain Amarinder Singh announced district Congress president Sukhpal Bhullar, Gurchet’s son, as the Congress candidate from the Valtoha assembly constituency for the 2017 elections, while suggesting that the 2008 Youth Congress polls had been fixed.
“I am very happy to come here. This young man Sukhpal Bhullar has organised this rally. There were Youth Congress elections held in the past. One more leader was contesting against Sukhpal and there were hints from Delhi to make that leader victorious. So I requested Sukhpal to step down and he didn’t think twice. I had promised to reward him in the future and now I promise to make him the MLA from this constituency,” Amarinder said.
The 2008 Youth Congress elections saw Ravneet Singh Bittu, former chief minister Beant Singh’s grandson, emerge victorious.
Amarinder, meanwhile, took on the Akali government” “I will ensure that an equal number of cases are registered against those who have implicated Congress workers in false cases. I will not spare the”,” Captain said. He also attacked Agriculture Minister Tota Singh, accusing him of corruption in buying pesticide for cotton crop” “Tota Singh is infamous for corruption and farmers are now paying for his lust for money,” Amarinder said.