A day after Congress MP Amarinder Singh alleged two AAP MPs from Punjab of having links with the Naxal movement, the party today hit back at him accusing the senior Congress leader of allowing drug mafia to enter the state during his tenure.
"Enquiries would trace trail of entering drug mafia into Punjab to his (Amarinder's) tenure that has flourished further during the present regime (SAD-BJP combine)," Punjab AAP's spokesperson Manjit Singh alleged. "Does Capt Amarinder wish to cover up narco-terrorism he let enter into Punjab from across the border," Manjit said in a statement here. The former chief minister and Congress MP had yesterday alleged that Patiala MP Dharamvir Gandhi and Faridkot MP Sadhu Singh had links with the Naxal movement.
In a statement here yesterday, Amarinder alleged that Patiala MP Dharamvir Gandhi and Faridkot MP Sadhu Singh and another leader Balbir Singh, who is planning to contest from Patiala City vacated by Amarinder Singh after his election from Amritsar Lok Sabha constituency, were actively involved with the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist). The Congress MP had also challenged the party to deny that they were not involved in the Naxal movement.
Further asserting the popularity of AAP MPs in Punjab, Manjit said, "Capt Amarinder fails to understand that if dedicated social workers such as Dr Dharamaveera Gandhi and Prof Sadhu Singh who have thousands of fans in Punjab are dubbed as naxalites he would actually be encouraging the youth to become naxalites instead of dissuading them away from it." AAP had bagged four seats from Punjab in the Lok Sabha elections held recently.
Taking a dig at Congress party's drubbing in the elections, Manjit said, "It would have been better if Capt Amarinder would have taken some time away from character assassination and gone into introspection of the massive rejection of his party by the Indian masses." He also attacked Amarinder by saying that senior Congress leader like him is expected to talk more on issues rather than indulging into character assassination of popular AAP leaders.