New Delhi, January 5
The BJP on Wednesday launched an all-out assault on the Congress over the breach in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s safety in Punjab, alleging it needed to bodily hurt him as repeated defeats in elections have taken the get together on the trail of “madness”.
High BJP leaders, together with Dwelling Minister Amit Shah and get together president J P Nadda, lashed out on the Congress, which is in energy within the state, over the incident.
Nadda accused the Congress of attempting “all attainable tips to scuttle” Modi’s programmes, together with a rally, within the state. Union Minister Smriti Irani requested whether or not the Congress leaders have been “pleased that the prime minister was on the verge of demise”.
Hitting out on the state authorities after Modi’s rally was known as off and one other programme disrupted as protesters blocked his route breaching the safety protocol, Nadda mentioned what’s extraordinarily worrisome is that the incident was additionally an enormous safety lapse.
In his tweets, Shah mentioned, what was witnessed within the state is “Congress-made” and a trailer of how this get together thinks and capabilities.
“Repeated rejections by the folks have taken them on the trail of madness. The topmost echelons of the Congress owe an apology to the folks of India for what they’ve performed,” he mentioned.
Noting that his ministry has sought an in depth report on the safety breach in Punjab, Shah mentioned such dereliction of safety process within the prime minister’s go to is completely unacceptable and that accountability will probably be mounted.
Modi’s Punjab go to was minimize brief as he was stranded on a flyover for 20 minutes because of a blockade by protesters.
In line with a Dwelling Ministry assertion, after the intense lapse in safety, Modi’s convoy determined to return with out attending an occasion at a martyrs’ memorial at Hussainiwala. The prime minister additionally couldn’t attend a rally in Ferozepur.
Addressing a press convention in Delhi, Union Minister Smriti Irani blasted the Congress alleging planted political devices got political patronage by the get together’s authorities in Punjab to breach Modi’s safety.
“By no means earlier than within the historical past of our nation has a state authorities knowingly constructed a situation the place the prime minister of the nation will probably be introduced in hurt’s method,” she mentioned.
“The Congress failed in its murderous intentions on the holy land of Punjab… Congress leaders have been expressing pleasure over the prime minister’s safety breach. Have been they pleased that Prime Minister Modi was on the verge of demise?” Irani posed.
Hitting out on the Punjab authorities, she alleged police functionaries in a state have been “directed to breach the safety of the Prime Minister of India and trigger him bodily hurt”.
In a collection of tweets, Nadda sought to place the state authorities in a dock over its alleged lapses.
“Protestors got entry to the Prime Minister’s route whereas the Punjab CS (chief secretary) and DGP gave assurances to SPG that the route is obvious. To make issues worse, Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi refused to get on the cellphone to both handle the matter or remedy it. The ways utilized by the Congress authorities in Punjab would ache anybody who believes in democratic rules,” he mentioned.
Nadda alleged that the state police was instructed to forestall folks from attending Modi’s rally and numerous buses have been stranded due to the high-handedness of the police in connivance with the protesters.
In doing so, they didn’t hassle that the prime minister was to pay tributes to Bhagat Singh and different freedom fighters, and lay the inspiration stone for key growth works, the BJP president mentioned.
“By their low cost antics, Congress authorities in Punjab has proven that they’re anti-development and haven’t any respect for freedom fighters too,” he mentioned, alleging it was performed because the ruling get together within the state fears a powerful defeat within the upcoming Meeting polls.
“It’s unhappy that the prime minister’s go to to launch growth initiatives value 1000’s of crores for Punjab was disrupted. However we won’t let such low cost mentality hinder the progress of Punjab and can proceed the trouble for the event of Punjab,” Nadda mentioned.
Chief Minister Channi on Wednesday expressed remorse after Prime Minister Narendra Modi needed to minimize brief his go to to the state, however asserted that there was no safety lapse.
Congress common secretary and chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala mentioned Nadda ought to cease indulging in blame sport and the BJP ought to as a substitute introspect its “anti-farmer” angle. He alleged that lack of crowd at Modi’s rally was an element being the prime minister calling off his journey.
BJP nationwide common secretary Tarun Chugh, who’s from Punjab, mentioned what occurred within the state was a matter of disgrace for the Channi authorities.
He alleged that Channi and Punjab Congress president Navjot Sidhu had joined arms with subversive and anti-national forces to foil the democratic proper of the prime minister and the BJP to handle public conferences.
Lashing out on the Congress, BJP common secretary (organisation) B L Santhosh mentioned, “Politicisation of administration and police reaches new low beneath Congress in Punjab at the moment. After the Emergency in 1975, it has dedicated the second grave mistake at the moment. Hon’ble PM’s safety was compromised. Congress and the management pays for this closely in days to come back.” PTI