Navjot Singh Sidhu's statement for legalising opium in Punjab has sparked a latest controversy in the state politics as Akali Dal leader Daljeet Singh Cheema has said that his statement clearly showed that Sidhu surrendered before drugs.
Former Education Minister Daljeet Singh Cheema reacted on Sidhu's statement on opium saying that on one hand Congress fought an election on the drug issue claiming that they would curb drugs in the state, on the other hand, now the government is washing its hands from the drug menace.
He said Capt Amarinder Singh promised people to uproot drug menace in the state and now Congress Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu had given a statement that drugs should be legalised in the statement. Cheema has said that if opium is legalised, drug supply would be increased manifold that will lead to spoil the youth in the state further.
In an event, Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu came out in support of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP from Patiala Dharamvira Gandhi for legalising cultivation, sale, and consumption of opium and its by-product poppy husk in the state.
“I appreciate Gandhi for raising the demand of legalizing the cultivation of opium. My uncle used to get opium as medicine from the hospital. It is way better than ‘Chitta’ (heroin), which SAD leader Bikram Singh Majithia introduced in the state, due to which parents have to see bodies of their children,” said Sidhu, on the sidelines of a function organized by the Noble Foundation, an NGO, in the city on Sunday.
In a rally at Muktsar grain market on Saturday, the suspended AAP MP had advocated legalizing poppy cultivation. In July this year, Gandhi had even submitted a memorandum to Union home minister Rajnath Singh in this regard
Sidhu grabben limelight recently when he was criticised across the country when he hugged the Pakistan Army chief during the swearing in ceremony of Pakistan PM. Then, he made headlines for telling a lie that he got assurance from Pakistan on the opening of Kartarpur Corridor, however, both Pakistan and the Indian government denied the same.