Liquor ban not feasible: Amarinder
Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh here today reiterated that the party, on coming to power, would root out the drug menace from the state in four weeks. He termed liquor as an intoxicant, but said it was not feasible to ban its sale in the state as it was a major revenue earner.
“The consumption of liquor can’t be compared with that of drugs. Those addicted to heroin and poppy husk are at far greater risk than liquor consumers,” Amarinder told The Tribune.
Replying to a query by a local resident during his ‘Halke Vich Captain’ programme, he said, “This will be my last election. I want to see you people happy by solving all your problems.”
He said the forms of all ticket applicants would be sent to the high command after August 15. “We not only want to give the ticket early to the candidates but are also keen to ensure that there are no rebel candidates. The state government has 160 posts of chairperson in various departments and these will be ‘allotted’ to those who fail to make the cut,” Amarinder added.
Capt said his son, Raninder Singh, would appear before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) prior to leaving for the Olympics. He added that Raninder, being the president of the National Rifle Association of India, was busy completing the formalities for sending the shooting contingent to the Olympics.
Harsimrat should quit over SYL: Bhattal
Ludhiana: Congress leader and former CM Rajinder Kaur Bhattal has said that the Akalis are misleading the people by doing antics like submitting memorandum on the SYL issue. She said that if they are sincere about the issue, Harsimrat Kaur Badal should resign from the Cabinet in protest and the Akalis should stage a dharna against the Centre. She stated this at a political rally here. On AAP, Bhattal said that Kejriwal deliberately does something or the other and then apologises to the people. “Kejriwal has apologised so many times that he should be named ‘Maafiwal’ instead,” she said.