NEW DELHI :
A ‘sting’ done by a news channel purportedly showed some Punjab Police officials saying that they informed their superiors about protesters blocking the route of Modi’s carcade but no action was allegedly taken
THE BJP on Wednesday accused the Congress Government in Punjab of deliberately ignoring the security threat to Prime Minister Narendra Modi despite being informed of it by State police personnel, and asked who in the Opposition party sought to benefit from the breach. Union Minister and BJP leader Smriti Irani cited a ‘sting’ done by a news channel which purportedly showed some Punjab Police officials saying that they informed their superiors about protesters blocking the route of Modi’s carcade but no action was allegedly taken.
Addressing a press conference, she said, “What is extremely disconcerting is that Punjab Police officials have highlighted how they continuously engaged with the Congress Government and administration in Punjab to bring to light the threat to the security of PM and his route. The question this expose begets who in the Congress-led Government in Punjab continued to deliberately ignore these threats to the PM’s security?” Who sought to benefit in the Congress from the breach to Modi’s security, she asked. Irani said the then Punjab DGP had given an all-clear message to Modi’s security team and wondered as to why he did so.
She also hit out at the Congress over Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi’s statement that he had also briefed party leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra about the development and questioned his doing so as the Congress general secretary is a private citizen. Why is that private citizen an “interested party” in the matter of the Prime Minister’s security, Irani asked.