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Modi stuck in Punjab; PM’s security compromised under Congress govt

As per the original plan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was to take a helicopter to Hussainwala after landing at Bathinda airport, but he chose the road instead

In a case of a serious security breach, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was stuck on a flyover during his Punjab visit today. The union government has blamed the Punjab government for the lapse and sought a report.

“Around 30 km away from National Martyrs Memorial in Hussainiwala, when the prime minister’s convoy reached a flyover, it was found that the road was blocked by some protestors. The prime minister was stuck on a flyover for 15-20 minutes. This was a major lapse in the security of prime minister,” the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said.

Government sources in Delhi said only Punjab Police knew the exact route to be taken by the prime minister Modi’s motorcade, and hinted at a complicity with protesters.

As per the original plan, Prime Minister Modi was to take a helicopter to Hussainwala after landing at Bathinda airport. Poor weather conditions forced a change in plan, and it was decided that the prime minister would travel to the National Marytrs’ Memorial via road- a journey of over two hours. The convoy proceeded on the journey only after confirmation of necessary security arrangements by the DGP Punjab, the MHA said.

The home ministry said further that the Punjab government did not deploy additional security as a contingency plan to secure any movement by road. After this, the prime minister’s convoy headed back to Bathinda airport.

The MHA said it is taking cognisance of this serious security lapse has sought a detailed report from the state government. It has also been asked to fix responsibility for this lapse and take strict action.

“What was witnessed on the flyover was a surprising scene of connivance between Punjab police and so-called protestors. Only Punjab Police knew the precise route of the prime minister. Never has such police behaviour been witnessed. This is the single biggest lapse in security of any Indian prime minister in recent years,” government sources said.

The rally of Prime Minister Modi in Ferozepur was cancelled today. The MHA blamed the cancellation on poor weather conditions.

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, who was present on the dais, announced the cancellation, attributing it to “some reasons.”

Punjab Minister Rajkumar Verka, ruling out any lapse on the part of the Punjab government, labelled MHA’s accusations as “baseless.”

“The truth is that BJP’s rally was a flop show. When PM got to know this, he decided to return,” he further said.

BJP president JP Nadda lashed out at the Punjab government for the security lapse during the prime minister’s visit. He accused the Channi government of disrupting the launch of development work worth thousands of crores in the state.

“Fearing a resounding defeat at the hands of the electorate, the Congress Government in Punjab tried all possible tricks to scuttle PM’s programmes in the state,” Nadda said on Twitter.

Nadda accused the Punjab government of giving protesters access to the prime minister’s route even as the Punjab chief secretary and DGP gave assurances to SPG that the route is clear.

Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma blamed the Indian National Congress (INC) government in Punjab, calling it disinterested in the state’s development.

“Today’s incident shows how Congress is least interested in development and only wants to play politics. Such a security breach in the crucial border state must be enquired at the highest levels,” Sarma said.

INC spokesperson Randeep Surjewala tried to defend the Punjab government on Twitter, saying that the prime minister taking the road journey was not part of the original plan. He even said that the prime minister’s Ferozepur rally was cancelled as “there were no crowds to listen to Modi ji.”

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