Phagwara, Nov 14: Dismissing the speculation of a rift between the Shiromani Akali Dal and BJP, Union Minister of State Vijay Sampla on Friday said the alliance would continue in the future polls, including municipal elections.
Talking to mediapersons here, the Hoshiarpur MP dismissed reports that the alliance was under any clouds and that it would continue in the same way in the 2017 Assembly elections as it had continued in Lok Sabha elections.
On the issue of drug menace afflicting youths in the state, Sampla claimed Prime Minister Narendra Modi was "very serious about curbing it."
"I myself will address it strictly", he asserted.
However, he attributed it to the rise in smuggling of drugs during the UPA government.
"If heads of our army jawans could be chopped off from across the border during UPA regime, throwing of drug packets was very easy job", he remarked.
Sampla also said he would measure up to the prime minister's expectation by performing well in his department as he understood agonies of the underprivileged sections of society, being a Dalit and "mazdoor".
Addressing alliance workers, Sampla called for fraternal brotherhood and "meeting of hearts".
The SAD-BJP alliance has stood the test of time and it is wrong to compare this partnership with any other in the country, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said in September.
The SAD-BJP alliance is "everlasting" and both the parties should not be seen as different from each other, he told reporters.