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Cong to burn 'Chitta Ravana' during Modi's Ludhiana visit

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh/Ludhiana 

in will burn an effigy of 'Chitta Ravan' in to draw Prime Minister Modi's attention to the drug menace in the state during his visit to the industrial city on October 18.

Modi will address industrialists at an event in the city on October 18. "Chitta" means drugs in colloquial language.

"As soon as Modi starts speaking, the 'Chitta Ravan' will go up in flames," chief Captain told media persons in

"I will personally set fire to the Chitta Ravan. Let them try and stop me if they can...I want to show the Prime Minister what kind of goondas he is supporting," he said.

"Let Modi also get a taste of how is burning under the Akali rule," the former Chief Minister said, launching a frontal attack on the state government on the issue of drug menace.

The Prime Minister is scheduled to visit on October 18 to attend a function being organised by the MSME Ministry where he will give away national awards to outstanding micro, small and medium enterprises.

Launching the party's "war against drugs" from Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal's home turf, the PPCC president had yesterday announced that leaders and workers would "blast" the 'Chitta Ravana' in all the 117 Assembly constituencies in the state.

Describing the 'Chitta Ravana' as a "demonic symbol" of the Badal government's "evil dispensation", Amarinder said his party would fight the drug menace in the state till it's completely wiped out.

Early in the day, AICC Secretary Harish Chaudhary told reporters in Chandigarh, "The Pradesh Committee has decided to burn the 'Chitta Ravan' in on October 18 when PM will visit the city. It will be a symbolic event."

"is committed to eliminating the drug menace from Punjab," he said.

spokesperson and former Legislative Party (CLP) leader Sunil Jakhar tweeted: "PM to face 'Chitta' truth of drug menace. to burn 'Chitta-Ravan' during PM Modi's visit to on 18th Oct.

Amarinder held the Badal government responsible for the

"deteriorating" law and order situation in and alleged a "deep-rooted" nexus between Akali leaders and the state's liquor and drug mafias.

He also criticised the reported lathi charge on protesting government workers in the Chief Minister's Lambi village.

Warning the SAD government against continuing with its "repressionist" policies, he said the people of the state will use their votes to throw Badal and his cronies out of power.

"The Akalis will have to pay dearly for their rampant abuse of power," the PPCC chief said.

Amarinder also visited DCC chief Gurpreet Gogi who was on Dussehra eve attacked by Akali workers.

Reacting to Congress' announcement, SAD spokesman Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal said, "This hoopla is unlikely to yield political dividends, but will certainly create bad blood."

"Burning effigies round the year only reflects on the "mental bankruptcy" of Congress," he added.

Grewal said it was beyond any comprehension as to what "and company" was out to accomplish through the dharna at the official residence of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal.

Instead of reaching out to voters in the state, the entire leadership is huddled in a tent outside CM's residence, he said.

First Published: Sat, October 15 2016. 20:57 IST