“Thank your CM because I reached Bhatinda Airport alive”: PM Modi to Officials
An angry Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had to wait for about 15-20 minutes in a flyover on his way towards Hussainiwala, reportedly told officials at the Bhatinda Airport that “Thank your Chief Minister because I reached Bhatinda Airport alive.” The Ministry of Home Affairs has sought a detailed report on the security lapse of PM Modi from the Channi-led Punjab government.
On Wednesday, there was a huge lapse in the security of PM Modi as the Prime Minister’s cavalcade had to be stopped due to protesting farmers. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had to wait for about 15-20 minutes in a flyover on his way towards Hussainiwala in Punjab. Eventually, the PM’s cavalcade had to take a U-turn and proceed towards the Bhatinda Airport. Upon safely reaching the airport, an angry Narendra Modi reportedly told the officials present there that “Thank your CM because I reached the Bhatinda Airport alive.” The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has called this a matter of serious security breach of the protocol and has asked for a detailed report from the Channi-led Punjab government.
This incident has generated a political fight between Congress and the BJP-led Center. The Bharatiya Janata Party has termed it as a well-planned conspiracy by the Congress government in poll-bound Punjab. On the other hand, Charanjit Singh Channi, the Chief Minister of Punjab, addressing a press conference said that all this happened because the Prime Minister was supposed to travel through air route and at the last moment, his team decided to opt to travel through road route and despite this, what happened was unfortunate and that politics should not be done over this.
However, questions are also being raised that who leaked the Prime Minister’s route to the protesting farmers and that was it deliberate that neither the Chief Minister nor the Director-General of Police (DGP) Punjab went to receive the PM at the airport which is a part of the protocol. The Bharatiya Kisan Union (Krantikari) has admitted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cavalcade was blocked by its workers.
Speaking to a news channel, the Chief of BKU, Surijit Singh Phool said that 12-13 farmer organizations decided to protest as the government had formed no committee on the Minimum Support Price (MSP). He, however, added that the group was protesting eight km from the site where PM Modi was slated to hold a rally and that it was a last-minute change of route by the PM’s cavalcade that resulted in the mayhem.
The Punjab government that is facing the heat for the security lapse of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set up a high-level committee to probe the breach of security protocol. The committee will comprise of Justice (Retd) Mehtab Singh Gill and Principal Secretary, Home Affairs and Justice Anurag Verma. The committee will submit its report within 3 days.
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