No political shelter be given to those involved in terror, narco trafficking: BJP
Amid reports of strained ties with its ally Shiromani Akali Dal in Punjnab, BJP on Wednesday said it has "zero tolerance" on issues like terrorism and narcotics and the party will not tolerate any political shelter to those involved in such activities.
New Delhi: Amid reports of strained ties with its ally Shiromani Akali Dal in Punjnab, BJP on Wednesday said it has "zero tolerance" on issues like terrorism and narcotics and the party will not tolerate any political shelter to those involved in such activities.
The party said its proposal to hold dharnas against the drug menace in Punjab would be held later as the same were postponed in view of Delhi assembly elections and its president Amit Shah's tight schedule.
BJP had planned sit-ins in Amritsar on January 22 in which Shah was also to participate.
"BJP has zero tolerance towards terrorism and narcotics. Terrorism is a major threat to the world. Narcotics is a major problem and all have to unitedly fight against it.
"All the culprits involved in narcotics and drug mafia should not get any political shelter and the party will not tolerate it," BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma said.
He, however, said the party respected its alliance partners and they were very much a part of NDA government despite BJP getting a majority of its own.
"We respect our alliance partners. We have allies Shiromani Akali Dal and Shiv Sena as part of the Union Cabinet," he said.
The comments came amid speculation that BJP is going to take on Akali Dal in the state.
SAD had organised dharnas along the international border against smuggling of drugs from Pakistan, blaming BSF and security agencies for not curbing it.
Punjab Minister Bikram Singh Majithia is in the dock over the drugs issue and was recently questioned by Enforcement Directorate in Jalandhar after one of the accused named him in a drug racket case.
SAD and BJP are sharing power in Punjab and had trounced Congress for the second time in a row in the last assembly elections. Punjab is set to go to polls in January 2017.