CPS Sidhu’s allegations red beacon culture patronizing ‘drugs mafia’ remained the centre point of BJP’s second day state executive meeting
Jalandhar: A visibly embarrassed BJP Punjab President Vijay Sampla on Saturday fumbled for words, when he repeatedly confronted queries pertaining to Chief Parliamentary Secretary (CPS) Navjot Kaur Sidhu’s outburst against her own party leadership.
Sampla not only evaded direct reply on CPS Navjot Kaur Sidhu’s allegations but also denied that she made any such controversial statement against the ruling SAD-BJP combine. Fumbling for words, Sampla said, “Navjot Kaur Sidhu did not make any such statements.”
However, when pointed out that her outburst against BJP Punjab leadership was published prominently in the media, Sampla said that he has not read anything that was published in the media.
To another query, that whether the party leadership was going to take disciplinary action against CPS Sidhu, Sampla hurriedly dodged the query. Notably, CPS Sidhu was missing from the second and concluding day meeting of BJP state executive meeting in Jalandhar.
Further, when the media repeatedly bombarded Sampla with CPS Sidhu’s queries, he stood up and preferred to leave. Even other senior leaders including Technical Education Minister Madan Mohan Mittal and ex- Rajya Sabha MP Avinash Rai Khanna also preferred to leave the venue.
It is pertinent to mention here that on Friday, CPS Navjot Kaur Sidhu left her party leadership ‘red faced’, when she said that SAD leadership was patronizing drugs trade and the BJP was a mute spectator in the state.
She had even blamed the Punjab government for freely distributing ‘Red Beacons’ to political leaders, who in turn were supplying drugs in Punjab. “Just because no police personnel could dare to check a Red Beacon vehicle, the drugs mafia was flourishing”, she said.
Lambasting BJP Punjab leadership, CPS Sidhu had said in Punjabi, “Shukar karo main aa gayi. Hun BJP de palle ki bacheya hai Punjab vich?” she said, adding that Navjot Singh Sidhu would also not attend any of the BJP meeting, where Punjab was discussed in alliance with the SAD.
Interestingly, in Friday’s meeting, BJP Punjab Affairs Incharge Prabhat Jha and party state chief Vijay Sampla ended up claiming that it was Congress and AAP, who were responsible for defaming the SAD-BJP alliance over drugs issue, CPS Sidhu dropped a bombshell by making controversial statement.
Earlier, contradicting the claims of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal that the BSF should be strengthened at the border to curb drug supply, BJP Punjab President Sampla strongly said that there was no need to strengthen the BSF at the border, as they were doing a good job. “There was no need to deploy additional BSF personnel at the border, as now the situation has changed”, he said.
On Friday, the Deputy CM has claimed that he has written letters to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to increase BSF patrolling at the international border. The BSF manpower should be increased at the border, he had said.
Post-matric SC Scholarship Scheme
On the delay in the release of Post Matric SC Scholarship scheme grant to the dalit students, Sampla said that an amount of Rs 173 crore was released by the centre. “Earlier, the centre had released an amount of Rs 106 crore recently. From the next academic session, scholarship grant would be directly transferred in the account of the students under the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme”, he said.
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