So as the political class of Punjab debates the veracity of Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi’s comment that 7 out of 10 youngsters in Punjab are ‘into drugs’, satirist Jaspal Bhatti wrote on Twitter: “Why’s Akali Govt. angry at Rahul Gandhi? Is he trying 2 snatch the credit from them for making Punjab 70% drug addict?” (sic)
There is growing concern in India about the rapid rise in drug addiction cases in Punjab, one of the country's wealthiest states. The main university in the region has claimed that 70% of young Punjabi men are hooked on drugs or alcohol.