Modi, Rahul trade barbs on drug abuse in Punjab Uddhav vs Fadnavis: Battle for BMC all set to get bitter
POLL PLAN Cong vice-president says Captain Amarinder is party’s CM candidate
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and Prime Minister Narendra Modi traded barbs on Friday over drug abuse in Punjab, setting the tone for a potentially fiery campaign over the divisive issue ahead of next month’s assembly polls in the state. Gandhi also named state Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh as the chief ministerial candidate, ending months of speculation on who will lead the party’s battle against the ruling SAD-BJP and the AAP.
All 117 constituencies in Punjab will vote on February 4 and the results will be announced on March 11. Gandhi has repeatedly targeted the ruling Badal family for failing to address the problem of drug abuse in the state where an estimated 70% of the youth are said to be addicted to what is locally known as ‘chitta’. Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, however, claims that the problem was being blown out of proportion.
Without naming anybody, Gandhi said if voted to power, the party will send to jail all those who have looted the state and failed to address the drugs problem. “The Congress will fight drugs and we willwinit,”GandhisaidattheSADBJP stronghold Majitha, adding the party will also bring in such a stringent law that peddlers would shiver even thinking about drugs.
Shortly after Gandhi’s rally, Modi addressed a public meeting in Jalandhar and accused the Congress of bad mouthing Punjab’s youth over the drug issue.
After ruling the BMC together for more than two decades, the BJP and the Shiv Sena are headed for a bitter fight in their bid to get the bigger piece of the civic body that governs India’s financial capital. And a day after the Sena pulled the rug Uddhav Thackeray at a Shiv Sena rally at Goregaon on Thursday. from under the saffron alliance for the Mumbai civic polls, all eyes are now on CM Devendra Fadnavis, who will address at the BJP’s show of strength rally at Goregaon on Saturday and is expected to set the tone for the BJP campaign. The fight could impact the functioning of the BJP-led government in the state, with the Sena indicating it will become more aggressive.
Sena minister Subhash Desai said the new crop of BJP leaders is not the same as what it used to be. “The Sena has some emotions, sentiments towards the alliance, whereas this next generation of BJP is only about transactions, gains and convenience,” he said.