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All institutions must chip in to root out drugs: BJP leader

All institutions must chip in to root out drugs: BJP leader
BJP leaders Kamal Sharma and young filmakers at the launch of a documentary on drugs in Jalandhar. Tribune photo: Malkiat Singh

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, June 12

College students released a documentary on the issue of drugs at an event held here today.

Released by the students of a private college in Jalandhar, the documentary started off bearing shots of former state BJP president Kamal Sharma and Commissioner of Police Gurpreet Bhullar.

Released by students of a multimedia course, Bineet Dewan, Varun Sharma and Gaurav Luther, the 20-minute feature carries versions of politicians, police officers, some persons who earlier indulged in drug abuse and comments of actor Sonika Chauhan.

The film presented clippings of residents and celebrities, condemning the drug menace, without delving much into the causes or the stats in the state.

Speaking on the occasion, former BJP president Kamal Sharma, present for the film’s launch, said, “While states, such as Jammu and Kashmir and Rajasthan among others are also border states, we will have to look into the reasons why the drug menace is wreaking havoc in Punjab. Without the chipping in of educational institutions and families and promotion of sports, this menace can’t be addressed.”

Responding to queries that the issue peaked during the SAD-BJP rule and continues to haunt the state, Sharma said, “There are many stakeholders involved. Policing is just one part of it. Drugs are also made in the state but they make way to it from other places too. Be it intelligence or law enforcement agencies, such as the police, BSF and CRPF, they will have to work in synergy. But I believe the issue won’t be solved only by the police. Rest of the institutions – family, educational and religious – also have to chip in with help.”

While Sharma backed Capt Amarinder Singh’s plea to the Prime Minister for a national policy on drugs, speaking on why the state BJP unit had failed to raise the issue strongly with the Centre with the BJP government in the country, Sharma said, “Ehnu political khaneyan vich nahi vandana chahida. (We should not divide or compartmentalise the issue politically). The day when the Prime Minister went to Parliament, he bowed to the Constitution. He said he was at the service of the people of the country. He represents the entire country. I don’t think the BJP, taking up the issue separately, will make any difference.”

Sharma expressed satisfaction with the ongoing investigation in the Jagdish Bhola case. Speaking on the impending drought situation in the state, he said, “We are exploiting ground water badly and a serious problem stares at us. If we don’t diversify crops, we are heading towards destruction. Many states are gradually turning to deserts. This issue needs getting over political lines. Everyone needs to work together. I don’t think this is a political issue.”

BJP district president Raman Pabbi, former MLAs KD Bhandari and Mohinder Bhagat, former mayor Sunil Jyoti, Vinod Sharma and Amarjit Singh Amri among others were present on the occasion.

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