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BJP, Congress engage in war of words over security lapse during PM Modi’s Punjab visit

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BJP, Congress engage in war of words over security lapse during PM Modi’s Punjab visit
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BJP, Congress engage in war of words over security lapse during PM Modi’s Punjab visit
BJP, Congress engage in war of words over security lapse during PM Modi’s Punjab visit

NEW DELHI: The BJP and the Congress engaged in a bitter war of words after Prime Minister Narendra Modi was left stranded on a flyover in Punjab for nearly 20 minutes on his way to Ferozepur due to a “security breach.”
The BJP accused the Punjab government of trying to cause physical harm to the Prime Minister. The Congress called BJP’s charge a political drama and said the actual reason for cancellation of PM’s rally was the presence of thin crowd at the venue.
Chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi denied the charge of security lapse and said tight security arrangements were made for the PM’s visit.
“The Prime Minister had to visit for the inauguration and address a political rally. We regret that he had to return due to blockade en route,” Channi told reporters.
“After all, he is the Prime Minister of the country. We respect him. There is a democratic system and federal system,” the Punjab CM added.
“We spoke to the farmers to convince them to lift the blockade. We even offered alternative route to the PM’s cavalcade. But I could not have ordered firing on our own people,” Channi said.
The Union home ministry also took a serious note of the incident and sought a report from the Punjab government.
Union home minister Amit Shah, in a series of tweets, said that such dereliction of the security procedure during the Prime Minister’s visit is totally unacceptable and accountability will be fixed.
“Today’s Congress-made happening in Punjab is a trailer of how this party thinks and functions. Repeated rejections by the people have taken them to the path of insanity. The topmost echelons of the Congress owe an apology to the people of India for what they have done,” he said.
Punjab Chief minister said that he was supposed to receive the Prime Minister but stayed away as two of his close aides had tested Covid positive.
Earlier, BJP leader and Union minister Smriti Irani said “Never before in the history of our country, a state govt knowingly constructed a scenario where the PM will be brought to harm. We know Congress hates Modi, but today they tried to harm the PM of India.”
“Planted political instruments were given political patronage by the Congress government in Punjab to breach the security of the Prime Minister of India,” she alleged.
Seeking answers from the Congress, she asked how was PM’s route plan leaked to the protesters.
BJP president J P Nadda accused the Punjab government of using “all possible tricks to scuttle” Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s programmes in the state.
Congress leader Randeep Surjewala denied Nadda’s charge and asked the BJP chief “to stop losing cool and all sense of propriety.”
“10,000 security personnel were deployed for PM’s Rally. All arrangements were made in tandem with SPG & other agencies. Route was carved even for all buses of BJP workers from Haryana/Rajasthan,” Surjewala said in a tweet.
Surjewala said the real reason for canceling rally was that there were no crowds to listen to Modiji.
“Stop blame game and introspect on BJP’s anti-farmer attitude,” the Congress leader said.

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