Bittu to sit on indefinite hunger strike from the day Punjab Vidhan sabha begins
Akali dal BJP government cheated the youth of Punjab-- Bittu
Amandeep Singh/Gary Sing from LA
Blaiming the ruling Akali-BJP Government for its failure to set up an all powerful Drug Prevention Board in the State, despite the written promise made by the Chief Minister in this regard, Member Parliament Shri Ravneet Singh Bittu said, the people of Punjab in general and youth of Punjab in particular today feel cheated by the State Government.
Ravneet said, the negative attitude of the Akali-BJP Government towards the formation of Drug Prevention Board, have resulted in the free distribution of liquor and other medicated drugs in the otherwise religious elections to the S.G.P.C. held recently.
Pulling up the ruling Akali-BJP Government for deceiving the people and reminding the Chief Minister of his obligations to the people of Punjab who have voted him Chief Minister four times Ravneet said, though S. Parkash Singh Badal, never tire praising Shri Narinder Modi for the progress and growth of Gujrat, he forgets that the progress and growth of Punjab where more than 72% of youth are addicted to one or the other form of drugs, is not possible if this menace of drug abuse is not tackled immediately.
It is pertinent to mention here that the Shri Ravneet Singh Bittu, then President Punjab Youth Congress and scores of activists initiated a Hunger Fast to bring the issue of drug abuse in Punjab to the fore front of collective thinking.The State Government after 121 hours of the initiation of hunger fast gave a written assurance that a Drug prevention Board would be in place, with in one and half months, but did nothing till date even though more than four and half months have passed.
Bittu demanded immediate formation of a House Committee of Legislatures of all political parties, to enable them discuss and deliberate on the kind of powers to be delegated to the constitutional body such as Drug Prevention Board.
In the end, Bittu said, he is going to sit on a hunger fast again on the day the Punjab Assembly Session is scheduled to begin, if the demand of the people of Punjab, for the seting up of a House Committee and a Drug Prevention Board, is not met by then.