Several BJP CMs slammed the Punjab Congress Government for failing PM's security breach despite receiving intelligence inputs about possible Khalistan involvement
New Delhi: More and more leaders, BJP chief ministers have started speaking about the security breach of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's convoy in Punjab and stepped up their attack against the Congress government in the border state.
UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and three others Shivraj Singh Chouhan (Madhya Pradesh), Himanta Biswa Sarma (Assam) and Biplab Kumar Deb (Tripura), have pointed out that the incident happened close to the Pakistan border, and the PM's convoy was stranded was just a few kilometres from the border, vulnerable to "drones, missiles and snipers".
Yogi Adityanath said the episode unfolded "despite intelligence inputs about possible Khalistani involvement."
"It has become clear that this was a pre-designed conspiracy. The Punjab government did not follow the rules and protocol laid down in the SPG blue book. They did not even follow the elementary protocol of the Prime Minister being received by the Chief Minister and the DGP. This is not just a violation of security protocol but a conspiracy against the country, for which the chief minister should apologise," he said.
As reported earlier, Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma said Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi should be arrested.
Among others, Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan said, "The Congress, in the process of hating Narendra Modi, has developed a hatred for the country, the PM's position, the Constitution, Army, security and national interest. The flyover on which the PM's cavalcade was stuck was just a few kilometres away from the Pakistan border, surrounded by highrises and trees," said Chouhan.
His Tripura counterpart, Biplab Kumar Deb alleged that the security breach was pre-planned and part of a well-orchestrated conspiracy. "Khalistani organisations who foster anti-India sentiments were involved in the security breach and the way Congress leaders have reacted makes it clear that the Congress high command sponsored the whole incident," he alleged.
Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar also raised his voice on the issue, referring to the "sting operation" and said, "Clear instructions were given to farmer leaders on how to block the routes. It is extremely shameful …," he said adding, the Prime Minister's life was put in danger.
Pushkar Singh Dhami of poll-bound Uttarakhand demanded that the Congress high command had to be made answerable. "… This was not just a mistake, but a massive conspiracy. The way they tried to harm the Prime Minister, this was not spontaneous, but premeditated and sponsored."
A sting operation by a TV channel claimed that apart from 'letters', intelligence officials in the field had also informed senior officials that protesters were likely to disrupt the PM's visit to Ferozepur on January 5. It has also been reported that Punjab ADGP (Law and Order) Naresh Arora, between December 31 and January 4, conveyed to district SSPs and other field officers about the possible blockade.
At least two Congress leaders, Manish Tewari and Sunil Jakhar, have taken different stands from their party. Tewari said, "PM's security should not become a political football." Congress MP Sunil Jakhar had tweeted: "What has happened today (January 5) is just not acceptable. It's against Panjabiyat. A secure passage for the Prime Minister of India to address BJP's political rally in Ferozepur should have been ensured. That's how democracy works."