Prem Singh Chandumajra, senior SAD leader on Saturday, Oct 13 chided, "Rahul Gandhi and Robert Vadra should undergo a dope test to prove that they are not addicts before making such comments about Punjab's youth. Rahul Gandhi must apologise to the youth for this humiliation."
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal also joined the critics of Rahul as he termed Rahul's statement as, "illogical, erroneous, politically-motivated and above all a deliberate conspiracy to tarnish the image of our youth and an onslaught on their dignity."
Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal also said, "The immature statement by the Congress general secretary that 7 out of 10 youths in Punjab are drug addicts was a diversionary exercise to deflect the attention of media from ongoing Vadragate and Coalgate."
While addressing a rally organised by the National Students Union of India (NSUI) at Panjab University campus, Rahul was quoted as saying, "what is happening to human resources in Punjab. 7 out of 10 youths have the problem of drugs."
Latest criticism on Rahul and Vadra may prove as a major setback for Gandhi family as they have been facing criticism since corruption charges have been hurled against them.
While Narendra Modi raised questions on Sonia Gandhi's treatment and foreign tour expenses, Arvind Kejriwal hurled corruption charges against Vadra over his tainted deal with Real Estate company DLF. Meanwhile, BJP demanded to probe Priyanka Gandhi's property in Shimla. It seems that corruption charges against its family members have cornered the Gandhis. However, it will be interesting to see whether Rahul and Vadra will accept Akalis challenge to overrule Akalis' allegations against them.