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Punjab will be made drug-free within one month: Kejriwal

Press Trust of India  |  Mehatpur (Jalandhar) 

(AAP) government will make drug-free within one month if it comes to power in the next year's assembly polls in the state, Kejriwal today said.

Speaking on the sixth day of his 11-day tour of the state here, he alleged that Akalis had "ruined" by making it a "hub" of drugs and would take it a challenge to curb the menace within one month of formation of its government.

"So far more than 40 lakh youth of are trapped in the drug network, spread by Akalis and after formation of government in Punjab, will break the supply chain of drugs within one month and drug-addicted youth would be rehabilitated by opening rehabilitation centres at war level within six months and giving them employment," Kejriwal said.

Chief Minister said is giving "false hopes" to the people of Punjab by claiming that it would fight against the drugs menace.

"government was in Centre for 10 years with simultaneous rule of Badals in Punjab, but never acted against Cabinet Minister Bikram Majithia, who has been operating multi-crore drug racket in Punjab," he alleged.

In fact, opposed the CBI probe, which was being demanded against Majithia by the Congress, Kejriwal claimed.

"Both Badals and Amarinder have ruined Punjab during last 15 years and now the time is ripe to get rid of them for which people were waiting impatiently," he said.

As Akalis have already smelled their "humiliating defeat" in the forthcoming assembly polls, they have allegedly colluded with Amarinder and "are contesting Punjab assembly polls jointly," he alleged.

Similarly, they have also joined hands to wave black flags at him (Kejriwal), otherwise, "I have never seen Akalis showing black flags to leaders or vice versa," he claimed.

Alleging growing cases of "atrocities" on Dalits in the state, he said government would constitute a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to re-open and re-investigate such cases to punish those found guilty.

SAD-BJP government, which claimed to be a 'Panthic' has

failed to nab culprits of series of sacrilege incidents in the state, Kejriwal said.

"Sometimes I suspect, how can the culprits of Bargari sacrilege incident could have been gone scot-free, if Badals were not behind such incidents," he said in his 'Punjab Inquilab' rally.

"Once AAP government is formed in Punjab, we will nab and put all culprits, who have desecrated religious Granths, behind bars", the CM said.

"I suspect Badals wanted to create communal tension in Punjab through sacrileges incidents to divert attention of people from their failure on all fronts," Kejriwal said.

He alleged that Badals have "squeezed" Punjab to their fullest capacity to mint money.

"Badals during the last 10 years of misrule have amassed huge money due to their control on almost all businesses including transport, cable, mining, liquor etc.," he said.

The party's national convener also promised that AAP government would ensure free treatment of cancer in the state.

Even the standard of government schools would be upgraded to match the standard of private ones, so that wards of poor could be imparted quality education, he said.

Taking a dig at PM Narendra Modi's visit to Bathinda yesterday, Kejriwal said "Modi failed to announced any major project or package for Punjab, whereas in Bihar before election, he announced a multi-crore package."

Chief Minister also made a visit to Chak Kalan village to pay obeisance to Bhagwan Valmiki.


Meanwhile, Kejriwal also condoled the family of a farmer in Amritsar who allegedly committed suicide after not being able to withdraw money due to demonetisation.

Ravinder Singh Pannu, a resident of village Majhupura in Amritsar, had recently committed suicide after he was not able to withdraw amount required to meet expenses of his daughter's marriage, to be solemnised on December 5, his family said.

Expressing concern over the unfortunate incident, Kejriwal said it was quite shocking that a person who wanted to withdraw the amount from his own savings to meet the wedding expenditure of his daughter was handed over a note of Rs 2,000.

"This is happening all over the country and Prime Minister is bent upon to derail the life of common man," he alleged, adding farmers, traders, and small retailers were forced to stand in long queues outside the banks due to demonetisation which has hit their business hard.

"Do the Prime Minister think that the farmers, retailers, daily wagers and common people, standing outside banks, are corrupt?" he said.

He made an appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to revisit the idea of demonetisation and save several innocent people from "undue harassment".

Meanwhile, former SGPC member Jaswinder Singh today joined AAP party in the presence of Kejriwal.

First Published: Sat, November 26 2016. 20:02 IST