AAP targets BJP over tobacco controversy; asks Speaker to take action

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Aam Aadmi Party launched a verbal attack on BJP over the ongoing controversy about putting cautionary message on cigarette packs today. AAP asked the Speaker to take action against the members ‘who continue to the part of the committee without due declaration.’

In a statement the party accused BJP of supporting vested interests and industrial lobbies which are a major cause of cancer related deaths in the country.

The party pointed towards ministers like Ram Prasad Sarmah and Beedi Baron cum MP Shyam Charan Gupta denying the link between smoking and cancer as a clear of conflict of interest.

‘The public statements of BJP MPs in support of tobacco syndicate is not just grossly unethical but also raises several questions on the effectiveness of Parliamentary working.’ the release said and asked BJP to take a clear public stand on the issue.

Meanwhile Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reportedly asked Health Minister JP Nadda to make health warning on 65% of the cigarette pack exterior mandatory.

Cigarette companies had to give statutory warnings on 85% of cigarette pack from April 1st according to a 2014 Union Health Ministry notification.