Chandigarh: The controversy following Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi's recent remarks on consumption of drugs by the youth of Punjab, fails to die down as the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal on Thursday charged the central Congress leaders with attempting to bring bad name to the state.

"Instead of talking about problem of drugs among youths in Punjab, Rahul must have first pressed Congress government in Rajasthan to stop open availability of poppy husk and other drugs in that state," Punjab Chief Minister's political advisor Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal told reporters here.

Referring to Rahul's recent statement during a function at Panjab university here that seven out of 10 youths in Punjab have a drug problem, Grewal asserted, "the Congress leader has misquoted a survey."

"What the Punjab government had said in an affidavit it had filed in the court here, had been completely misquoted by Rahul," Chief Minister's another political advisor Harcharan Singh Bains said.

"Every time a Congress leader or minister comes to Punjab he or she try to give bad name to the state," Grewal said, adding, Congress was left with no agenda and now trying to make issues out of non issues.

Rahul is likely to visit Jalandhar in Punjab on Friday after his two-day visit to the state recently.

Grewal said that Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal would make a detailed statement on the issue of drug before media in a couple of days.

Last week, at a rally here of the National Students Union of India (NSUI), the students' wing of Congress party, Rahul had said, "what is happening to human resources in Punjab. 7 out of 10 youth have the problem of drugs."

Sukhbir had said that the Punjab government has no control over the flow of drugs into the state from Pakistan and that the problem was a national one.


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