New Delhi: Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Monday yet again landed himself in controversy for backing Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP from Patiala Dharamvir Gandhi’s demand for legalisation of opium cultivation.

“I appreciate Gandhi for raising the demand of legalising the cultivation of opium. My uncle used to get opium as medicine from hospital. It is way better than ‘Chitta’ (heroin), which SAD leader Bikram Singh Majithia introduced in the state, due to which parents have to see bodies of their children,”Sidhu said, while speaking on the sidelines of an event, organised by an NGO in Ludhiana

Reacting over Sidhu’s remarks, Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh said,”Happy that this issue has come up once again and I hope that this is going to be looked at seriously & this matter is resolved for once and for all.” On the occasion of Independence Day, the Punjab Chief Minister had also called for freedom from drug menace. He had also launched a programme to take the war against narcotics to schools and colleges.

Earlier on Saturday, suspended Aam Aadmi Party MP Dharamvira Gandhi has pitched for  legalising poppy cultivation. Earlier in July, the AAP leader had also submitted a memorandum to Union home minister Rajnath Singh in this matter.