Chandigarh, November 20
Shiromani Akali Dal on Friday lashed out on the BJP-led NDA authorities on the Centre for allegedly withdrawing the Z-plus safety cowl to former Punjab minister Bikram Singh Majithia.
“The SAD condemns the arbitrary, dictatorial and politically motivated choice of the BJP-led Central authorities to withdraw the Z-plus class safety cowl of former minister and senior Akali chief Bikram Singh Majithia,” SAD spokesperson Daljit Singh Cheema mentioned.
In an announcement, Cheema, additionally a senior SAD chief, alleged that Majithia’s safety cowl had been withdrawn as a result of the get together had “stood firmly with farmers” towards the Centre’s farm legal guidelines and the denial of the official language standing to Punjabi in Jammu and Kashmir.
He mentioned the SAD had voted towards the Centre’s farm legal guidelines in Parliament moreover quitting the Union Cupboard and the Nationwide Democratic Alliance over the difficulty.
“It’s clear that Mr Majithia is a sufferer of political vendetta. The SAD, nonetheless, won’t be cowed down by such techniques and can proceed to face with farmers and Punjabis towards the central legal guidelines in addition to some other concern which weakens the federal construction or is intrinsically anti-Punjab.
“The SAD has a 100-year-old historical past of standing as much as safeguard the rights of the farmers and the poor and downtrodden. It’s going to by no means shirk away from this accountability,” he mentioned.
Majithia is the brother of former Union Minister and SAD’s Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal, and brother-in-law of SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal.
Talking about Majithia’s safety concern, the SAD chief mentioned, “Z-plus class safety cowl had been given to him in 2010 in the course of the UPA rule on the idea of risk notion”.
“The case was cleared by the then Residence Minister P Chidambaram who was identified to be a tough taskmaster. We want to know what has modified abruptly that the ten-year-old cowl was withdrawn on a single-line order.
“Mr Majithia continues to be focused by Pakistan-based anti-national components and gangsters who’ve brazenly threatened to remove him. Even Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has lately talked about elevated makes an attempt by Pakistan’s ISI to revive terrorist exercise in Punjab, notably within the Majha belt of the state which shares a border with Pakistan,” he mentioned.
Majithia is from the Majha space.
Stating that such sort of politics doesn’t augur effectively for peace within the state, Cheema mentioned, “We’ve got already seen how a senior Left chief and Shaurya Chakra awardee Balwinder Singh Sandhu was murdered in Tarn Taran lately after his safety cowl was withdrawn.”
Warning that the Union Residence Ministry can be held chargeable for any untoward incident after the withdrawal of Majithia’s safety cowl, the SAD chief mentioned, “This type of motion, which is designed to browbeat opponents, is a brand new low in Indian politics.”
He mentioned whereas the safety cowl of Majithia, who has typically been focused by anti-national components, has been withdrawn, the Central authorities has given Y-plus class safety to movie actor Kangana Ranaut.
“Safety shouldn’t be given on the whims and fancies to individuals who sing the federal government’s tune. It’s incumbent on the Residence Ministry to clarify on what grounds Mr Majithia’s safety cowl has been withdrawn abruptly after the SAD stood up towards the Centre in assist of the farming group,” he mentioned. — PTI