NEW DELHI: The Congress on Monday took potshots at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for voicing concern over drug addiction in his Sunday radio address ‘Mann ki Baat’ and dared him to withdraw support from the alliance government with Akali Dal in Punjab over the alleged “involvement” of state ministers in drug peddling.
“PM Modi was simply trying to preach the youth without promising any concrete action. But we were surprised over the Prime Minister’s remarks. The state where drug addiction is most rampant is Punjab, which is ruled by the BJP and Shiromani Akali Dal,” Congress leader Shakeel Ahmed said.
He also claimed that those arrested in the drug peddling case had given names of three persons including of “a very senior minister” and had said that they were “kingpins”.
“One DSP arrested in a case had said three ministers of the BJP-SAD Government were involved in it. Drugs are peddled into Punjab from across the border, Pakistan,” Ahmed added, pointing that Modi did not mention the steps his government would take to check the menace and arrest those behind it or what action his government would take against the ministers, whose names surfaced.
Voicing concern over the “devastating” drug addiction menace, the Prime Minister had in his third ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme on radio said that society as well as the government would have to work together to fight this problem and that a helpline would be set up soon to assist those seeking solutions.
When pointed out that senior Congress leader from Punjab Captain Amarinder Singh had expressed certain reservations against the statement of retired DSP, who himself was an accused, Ahmed said Singh had made that statement six months back and has said nothing of that sort so far after that.
“This is the party’s stand,” he said adding that the Congress has chalked out a long-term programme against drug peddling.