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Akali Dal holds protest near Hussainiwala Border accusing Congress of defaming Punjab in the name of drugs
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today held a dharna at the Hussainiwala border marking its strong resentment against defaming Punjab in the name of drugs and calling upon the state's people to create a drug-free Punjab. People from eight districts of the state participated in this initiative with an infectious zeal.
SAD Secretary General, Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa said that the Punjab government has taken up major task of weeding out drug addiction from the state, while the Congress government, following its ages old hierarchy, is held bent on defaming Punjab in the name of drug addiction. Calling upon the people of Punjab to join the battle against drugs, he said that collective efforts would have to be made to restore the state's glory that Congress has tarnished and work against the malice bred regarding Punjab.

He added that the party would strengthen this campaign in future and running this people's initiative it would root out drugs and its problems from the Punjab.

Earlier, while inaugurating the gathering, the Cabinet Minister, Janmeja Singh Sekhon said Punjabis have contributed greatly towards nation's security as well as food bowl, while the Congress first declared Punjabis as separatists and now as drug addicts.

He added that the dharna was not against the Border Security Force (BSF) or the para military forces but against nefarious designs of the Congress to defame the state. He said by increasing the security at borders the drugs coming from international borders should be checked. Sekhon said that the Punjab neither cultivates nor manufactures drugs but still is being defamed at the national level in context to drug addiction. He motivated the Akali Dal workers to penetrate into villages and awaken people.

Member of Lok Sabha Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra in his address said under the first phase in fight against drugs, the evil has been curtailed at the administrative level and now the movement has been brought in public domain by the Deputy Chief Minister Punjab Sukhbir Singh Badal. He added that the need of hour was for Punjab to join hands and tell nation that Punjabis are not addicts and commit themselves against the agencies that send drugs into the country.

Political advisor to the CM Punjab Maheshinder Singh Grewal said that during the UPA government regime, the drugs coming across international borders were not stopped. The government gave exemption to five states under NDPS Act, which is a proof of two kinds of law existing in same country.

The cabinet minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon in his address said that Punjab government has the credit of confiscating the largest haul of drugs and instead of encouraging the state, its people are being defamed. He said that it was a war of pride for the Punjabis who have now prepared themselves to remove the blot etched on their personas.

Cabinet Minister Jathedar Tota Singh said that a 11-member committee should be formed at the village level to initiate Drug Free Village campaign. He added that these committees would raise awareness against the drugs and save youngsters.

Cabinet Minister Surjit Singh Rakhra said that the Punjab government has already cause irreparable damages to the drug peddlers and now the common man would have to continue this fight. Women Akali Dal's patron Bibi Paramjit Kaur Gulshan said that women would also have to take up cudgels in war against this evil. Besides Ferozepur, large number of people from Faridkot, Moga, Patiala, Barnala, Fatehgarh Sahibv, Sangrur and others districts too reached to be a part of this war.

Prominent amongst who addressed the gathering included revenue minister Mr Parminder Singh Dhindsa, Ferozepur rural MLA Mr Joginder Singh Jindu, MLA Mr Sant Balbir Singh Ghunas, MLA Mr Maheshinder Singh Nihal Singh Wala, MLA Prakash Chand Garg, MLA Mr Darshan Singh Dhivalik, former minister Jathedar Hira Singh Gabria, chairman Avtar Singh Brar, Mr Vardev Singh Mann, Baljinder Singh Brar Moga, former MLA Ajit Singh Shant, Avtar Singh Minna and others. The district presidents of party, constituencies' in-charges, SGPC members, chairmen of different bodies and other leaders too were present.

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