Candidates in the recent police recruitment drive in Punjab failing the dope test has completely negated Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal's claim of no drug prevalence in the state, Congress leaders today claimed. The Congress leaders also claimed that 27 per cent candidates had failed the dope test. However, a senior police officer said only 1.30 per cent candidates out of 6,23,507 were tested positive for drugs. "A mere 1.30 per cent (2,185) of the candidates tested positive for drugs with another 0.65 per cent (1,090) testing positive for performance enhancing drugs," the officer said. The Congress leaders asked Sukhbir what he had to say now about the widespread drug menace, which he had been persistently denying. Sukhbir had in June denied the drug menace in Punjab, claiming that only 1-2 per cent of the state's youth were on drugs. PPCC leaders Surinder Dawar (MLA) and ex-MLAs Amarjit Samra and Ramanjit Sikki claimed that Sukhbir had then also asserted that the dope test on youth appearing for the police recruitment drive would lay bare the stark truth. Describing the dope test report as a "scary portrayal" of the state of affairs in Punjab, the PPCC leaders blamed the Akali government for transforming Punjab into a "land of addicts" through their "shady" alliance with "drug lord" Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia They claimed that despite drug lord Jagdish Bhola identifying Majithia as the chief patroniser of the drug mafia in the state no action has so far been taken against him by the Akali government.
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