Chandigarh, May 25 UNI | 2 months ago

Leader of Opposition in Punjab Assembly Sunil Jakhar today demanded that Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal show political will to bring in a legislation to confiscate and liquidate assets and properties created out of dirty money of drug peddling and spare no one including politicians who have patronised and shielded such elements.

Mr Badal must display political will to teach befitting lesson to those who have benefited enormously at the expense of drug ruined Punjabi generation, Mr Jakhar said in a statement here.

"Cosmetic administrative actions will yield no everlasting solution, to do poetic justice the state must rise to the occasion and inflict historic punishment by confiscating and liquidating assets created out of drug money and sparing no one irrespective of his social and political status," he said and added, "Mr Badal show guts to rise and deliver, for otherwise the history will judge you as terminator of Punjabi youth."

He said that the drama of raiding one village in Moga district for drug seizures will yield nothing as it is mere a smoke screen to shield the big sharks of the drug business. This village of Moga had been hogging limelight for being a drug citadel, why did Punjab police not take any action, which clearly goes to show police politician nexus in drug peddling.

BJP leader Arun Jaitely, has for himself seen the plight of Maqboolpura basti in Amritsar, where every single house has lost its kith and kin to drug abuse and he had to suffer inglorious defeat due to the wrath of people against Akali-BJP government as being patron of drug business in Punjab, he added.

The current Lok Sabha elections has exposed and brought huge disrepute to people of Punjab and Akali-BJP government as being patrons of drug business, and recent raids are mere cosmetic exercise to hoodwink people and these are insufficient to put in place long-term corrective action. Drug abuse has also added to rural unemployment and indebtedness which has caused many farmer suicides.

Legislation to confiscate and liquidate properties created out of drug money is a logical step to give stern signal of zero tolerance to drugs in Punjab, and the money thus raised should be exclusively spent on the rehabilitation of drug affected families, he said.

Mr Jakhar said Punjab is crying for ruthless retribution, as the beneficiaries of drug money will use their resources to be back in business again when the guards are down and the victims will continue to suffer social humiliations and psychological agony, he added.

Mr Jakhar said accepting resignation from one minister on drug issues is hypocrisy of the highest order when the recent anti incumbency verdict in Lok Sabha elections against Akali-BJP government is on record.

(Posted on 26-05-2014)