The Opposition in Punjab hit out at the Congress government on Friday, accusing it of not having any concrete policy to fight the drugs menace prevalent in the State. The criticism came a day after the State government brought back IPS officer Harpreet Singh Sidhu as chief of the anti-drugs Special Task Force, nearly a year after he was removed from the post following reports of a tussle between him and the then DGP. Leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party, the principal Opposition, said the State government’s decision of yet again change the STF chief shows lack of planning and concrete policy. “The Congress has been in power for over two years now, yet the problem of drugs continues unabated. It’s time for taking decisive action, but the government is busy in ‘cosmetic’ moves to save its face,” said senior party leaders Kultar Singh Sandhwan, Sadhu Singh and Gurdit Singh Sekhon in a joint statement here.CM targetedThe leaders also took potshots at the Chief Minister. “The government should give the reason why Mr. Sidhu was removed earlier and why now he is being brought back. While we do not question Mr. Sidhu’s determination towards his duty, the Chief Minister’s intentions are under cloud,” said the leaders.Punjab BJP chief Shwait Malik said that the purpose of setting up the STF was only to corner political opponents. “Replacing officers only proves that if anyone does not cooperate with the government’s whim and fancies, he or she should be moved,” he told reporters.
After successive 0-4 defeats in England and Australia, it is no surprise that no Indian player has made it to the latest ICC Test Team of the year. For those were not defeats, but debacles which exposed the inherent weaknesses of Indian players in overseas conditions like never before.In England, India managed 300 in just one of their eight innings, while Down Under, seven of their eight efforts fell short of 400. To make matters worse, the bowlers failed to put any kind of pressure on the opposition batsmen, resulting in four of the eight debacles being innings losses.The jury has clearly taken recent performances into consideration while finalising the team. That explains why South Africa, the new No.1 Test side, have five representatives in the 12. England, their immediate predecessors have three, while the West Indies, Pakistan, Australia and Sri Lanka provide a player each.India play mostly in familiar home conditions in the new seasons. This should help the team’s stock rise by the time the ICC comes up with its next dream team.