Congress MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira detained by Punjab Police in connection with old drug case
Shiromani Akali Dal criticizes Punjab government for arrest of MLA Sukhpal Khaira, causing tension with AAP.
Congress MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira has been detained by Punjab police in connection with the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. A team of Punjab Police today (28 September) reached Khaira’s residence and conducted a raid in connection with an old case registered in 2015 under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act in Jalalabad, Fazilka.
Sukhpal Khaira is an MLA from Bholath in Kapurthala of Punjab and Chairman of All India Kisan Congress.
Leader of the Congress party in the Punjab assembly and senior leader Partap Singh Bajwa questioned the detention of Khaira saying that the AAP government in Punjab had resorted to low level vendetta politics.
Congress party's official account on the X platform also condemned the arrest of Khaira. The party wrote, "The arrest of Sukhpal Khaira is a proof of abuse of power and vengeance. The entire Congress family stands with him against this petty conspiracy to suppress his loud voice against injustice. We are not ready to bow down, not ready to stop. We will fight and win".
In a show of support arch rivals of Congress in the state the Shiromani Akali Dal criticised the Punjab government for its high handed action.
In a post on X the Akali Dal said "Political differences aside- Shiromani Akali Dal Amritsar condemns the arrest borne out of the witch hunt and political vendetta against Bholath MLA and a very respected @SukhpalKhaira Ji a fierce critic of @BhagwantMann and @AAPPunjab led @PunjabGovtIndia. What promised to be a ‘badlav’ is turning out to be a horror show."
Reacting to Khaira's arrest, AAP MP Sushil Gupta told ANI news agency that, "The law will take its own course. It is well-known that Sukhpal Khaira ji indulged in the drug business. He kept getting protection from earlier governments. Now, a proper investigation will be conducted".
The arrest of Sukhpal Khaira is expected to further dent the relations of AAP and the Congress which have come together to form the INDIA alliance at the centre. Punjab Congress unit has opposed any tie-up or seat sharing arrangement with the AAP in the state.
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