Badal refutes HP govt claim of drug smuggling, offer joint patrolling mechanism

North Gazette News/Ludhiana
Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal on Thursday refuted the claims of Himachal government on drug smuggling and offered to form joint patrolling teams to cut drugs inflow across the border.

Talking to media on the sidelines of Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Malwa College, Badal said that ‘not even a single gram of drug was produced in the state so there was hardly any possibility of its transportation to other states.’

“In case, Himachal government has any suspicion regarding drug inflow both the states could form joint patrolling agencies to curb this menace,” he said. Replying to query on announcement of Himachal Pradesh government to install scanners on its border along with Punjab, he said that they were free to take any such step.

Badal said that the need of the hour was to cut the supply line of drugs being smuggled from across the border so that this menace could be completely eradicated from the state. Describing BSF personnel as brave sons of country protecting our borders.

He said that they must keep a strict vigil to check inflow of drugs from across the border. He reiterated that the protest of SAD was never against any central agency but the sole aim of it was to enhance security at borders.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister termed seat sharing arrangement with BJP for Delhi assembly election as non relevant issue and said that both the alliance partners would soon finalize it.

“SAD-BJP alliance is not only confined to seat and power sharing but it was meant for ensuring overall development of the country on one hand and promotion of brotherhood and communal harmony on the other,”Badal said.

He said that the SAD-BJP alliance was in the interest of the nation and should not be merely construed as an arrangement of sharing power. Badal said that the top brass of both the parties would soon deliberate upon this issue and finalize the seat sharing arrangement.

Replying to another query, the Chief Minister said that the state government has already filed an application in the Supreme Court for seeking permission to consider and decide applications of the life convicts seeking remissions and pre mature release.

Earlier addressing the students and faculty members of the college, the Chief Minister slammed the opposition for tarnishing the image of Punjab by branding its hard working and resilient sons as drug addicts. He bemoaned that just for the sake of their vested political interests these political leaders were describing the youth of state as drug addicts and the state government as bankrupt.

Badal said that due to the concerted efforts of the alliance government Punjab would be soon a drug Free State.

The Chief Minister further said that Punjab has been blessed with bounty of talented and hard working youth, who have rendered valuable services towards the country. He said that need of hour was to provide opportunities to these youth so that their unbounded energy could be channelized in a constructive manner for which all out efforts were being made by the state government.