January 9, 2014 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
New Delhi, India (January 09, 2014): As per media reports the Congress Party (on Jan. 08) demanded a CBI inquiry into allegations of drug peddling against Punjab cabinet minister Bikram Singh Majithia. Congress’ central and state leaders plan to meet the President on the issue.
The demand was reprotedly raised on Jan. 08 by Shakeel Ahmed, All India Congress Committee general secretary in charge of the party affairs in Punjab, during a party briefing on revelations by former DSP Jagdish Bhola who has pointed to the involvement of Majithia in the drug trade in Punjab. Bhola was arrested by the Punjab Police on November 11, 2013.
“A drug racket is flourishing in Punjab under the patronage of the ruling government. The arrested druglord has stated that three Akali ministers are involved, including Bikram Majithia, brother-in-law of Punjab Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal. Not only are the youths in Punjab being addicted to drugs, but drug smuggling across the border is exposing the country to grave danger. We demand a CBI inquiry in the matter,” Ahmed said.
He dared BJP leaders, including its PM candidate Narendra Modi, to speak on the issue. “Narendra Modi cancelled his December 21 rally in Moga only because he wanted to avoid questions on this burning issue. The BJP must explain why it is silent on the matter while its PM candidate keeps harping on youth aspirations,” Ahmed said. He alleged the Punjab Government was promoting drug peddling.
The Congress leaders indicated that a delegation of Punjab Congress leaders and central party leaders would soon meet the President to demand a suitable inquiry into the case.
“The Government of India should intervene immediately and order an inquiry,” Ahmed added.
Congress leadership is inclining to make the drug racket an election issue in Punjab.
Meanwhile, two days after Jagdish Bhola disclosed the name of Bikram Majithia before the media after his court in Mohali on Jan.06, the Jalandhar police has secured his police remand till Jan. 14. Former Jail police chief Shashi Kant has feared that the Punjab police would press Jagdish Bhola to take back his allegations against Bikram Majithia.
On the other hand the Sikh Youth of Punjab has accused both Congress and the Badal Dal for rise in drug abuse in Punjab as successive governments of both the parties have hardly taken any concrete steps to get rid of this menace.
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