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New Delhi, Jan 5 : BJP President J P Nadda on Wednesday accused the Congress government in Punjab of not providing security and safe passage to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cavalcade for a rally in Ferozepur district leading to its cancellation.
He termed the incident as a “big security lapse” and accused the state government of having “given access to the protestors” on the PM’s route.
Nadda alleged that it was a ploy by the Punjab government to prevent the Prime Minister from announcing major development projects ahead of Assembly election.
The BJP chief questioned how the farmers were allowed to reach the Prime Minister’s route despite assurances given by the Punjab Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police to the Special Protection Group that the route was clear.
Nadda’s reaction came after Modi’s first rally in Punjab scheduled in Ferozepur on Wednesday was cancelled due to what the Union Home Ministry has described as a “major lapse in the PM’s security”.
Criticizing Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, Nadda said: “To make matters worse, CM Channi refused to get on the phone to either address the matter or solve it. The tactics used by the Congress government in Punjab would pain anyone who believes in democratic principles.
“It is sad that the PM’s visit to launch development projects worth thousands of crores for Punjab was disrupted. But we will not let such a cheap mentality hinder progress of Punjab and will continue the effort for the development of Punjab,” he said.
“The state police were instructed to prevent people from attending the rally. A large numbers of buses were stranded because of the high-handedness of the police and connivance with protestors,” he alleged.