Lopoke (Amritsar): Slamming the entire opposition for defaming the hard-working Punjabis by labeling them as drug addicts, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday said that magnitude of drug problem was much less than that in many other states of the country. Interacting with the media persons on the sidelines of Sangat Darshan programme in Rajasansi Assembly segment here on Tuesday, the Chief Minister said that forces inimical to state were hell bent upon branding the Punjabis as drug addicts just to present a wrong picture of the state before the country. He said that since time immemorial Punjab had been sword arm of country and its food bowl but ignoring this amass contribution of Punjabis a malicious propaganda has been unleashed by some political parties to label these patriotic son of soil as drug addicts.
Replying to another query, the Chief Minister said that he had urged Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to treat Indo-Pak border along with the state at par with that in Jammu-Kashmir to enhance vigil on it for checking cross border infiltration. He said that recent terror attacks in Pathankot and Dina Nagar has proved that Punjab was on radar of anti national forces. Terming that Aam Aadmi Party has no future in the state, the Badal said that it was just a ‘water bubble’ that would bust soon.
Reiterating the firm commitment of the state government to perpetuate the rich cultural legacy of the state, the Chief Minister said that the state government was making concerted efforts to make the younger generations aware about glorious history of the state. He said that Punjabis were known for creating history but for their failure in preserving it. However, he said that for the first time unprecedented steps have been taken by the state government to perpetuate the glorious cultural heritage of the state by constructing world class memorials by spending more than Rs 1,000 crore. Badal said that these memorials would ever act as ‘lighthouses’ for the younger generations.
Urges Rajnath to treat Punjab on par with Jammu and Kashmir to enhance vigil for checking cross border infiltration
Assails opposition for branding Punjabis as drug addicts Sacrilege incidents a ploy to disturb hard-earned peace in the state
Reiterates commitment to perpetuate glorious cultural heritage of the state
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