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No to intoxicants for votes
Village youth become torch-bearers
Rajmeet singh
Tribune News Service

Bumb (Samrala), April 28
In this nondescript village young voters have resolved to close doors to workers of the political parties which distribute drugs and alcohol for votes in Lok Sabha elections. With around 700 votes, almost every household in this otherwise prosperous village has at least one family member on drugs, thanks to liquor shop and drug store located in nearby Bagli village. Women in the village reveal the name of the shops in the area where their children make a beeline every morning.

For the villagers, election is between Parkash Singh Badal and Dr Manmohan Singh. “I have no interest in nuclear deal or the development issues. I want electricity for my fields and some bold politician to pull our children away from drugs. No politician can claim having stopped this menace”, retorted Jagir Singh.

When Congress candidate from the Fatehgarh Sahib Lok Sabha constituency Sukhdev Singh Libra went to the village on Monday to address a meeting , the villagers conveyed to his supporters their resolve. A similar message awaits SAD candidate Charanjit Singh Atwal when he visits the area. Balwinder Singh, sarpanch of the village, said they had decided to form the ‘nasha mukti manch’.

Though predominantly pro-Congress village, the inhabitants are fed up with the political parties and high- ups for their support to drug peddlers or chemists selling schedule H-drugs.

It is not the only village affected by drugs in the constituency. Karam Singh, a resident of the village, blamed the elderly persons for not doing anything to stop the menace. “It is not the election time only. No one talks about the menace before and after the elections. The persons are known but no action is taken”, pointed out Satwant Kaur, whose son too is on drugs.

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