A “serious security lapse” happened when Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, who was scheduled to visit Ferozepur in Punjab on 05 January, 2022 was stuck on a flyover for around 20 minutes due to a blockade, after which he returned from the poll-bound State without attending any event, including a rally. The Prime Minister was travelling the 100 km from Bathinda to the rally ground at Ferozepur by road, after bad weather grounded his helicopter. He was stopped 10 km from the venue. The PM’s cavalcade was stuck and private vehicles were seen approaching, which was a major security breach.
Informing about the sequence of events on that day in Punjab, in a press conference BJP Leader and Union Minister Smt. Smriti Irani said our country has witnessed an unprecedented situation today. The kind of glaring and shocking lapse that occurred in our Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s security in Punjab is highly shocking and deplorable; the country has never faced such situation neither during the worst of terrorism days nor in terror-affected areas.
She said the day will be remembered in India’s history as a black day when the bloody designs of the Congress party failed in the holy land of Punjab. The leaders of the Congress party who hate Shri Narendra Modi, who is the Prime Minister of the entire country, were instrumental in making a mockery of the Prime Minister’s security and tried to fail Prime Minister’s safety and security.
“Never ever in the history of India any state police force was instructed to derail the security arrangements of the Prime Minister and no state government had ever conspired to cause hurt to the Prime Minister of the country”.
“The Bharatiya Janata Party has been repeatedly saying that the Congress party and its leaders hate Hon’ble Shri Narendra Modi, but they have no right to hate and demean the Prime Minister who belongs to the entire country”.
“There is a set protocol for the security of the Prime Minister. But today a deliberate lapse, a mockery has been made in the Congress- ruled Punjab with the security protocols of the Prime Minister of our country”.
“What is more shocking and highly condemnable is the fact that senior Congress party leaders have expressed their happiness over the glaring lapse in the security of Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji. What are the Congress party leaders celebrating that today their incompetent and highly irresponsible government took the Prime Minister of the country towards death?”
“When the security personnel deployed in the Prime Minister’s security tried to contact higher authorities in the Punjab government , the Punjab Chief Minister Office did not talk . What was the Congress government in Punjab waiting for?”
On behalf of the entire country the Bharatiya Janata Party wants to ask the Congress government in Punjab.
THE ENTIRE NATION WANTS ANSWERS of
THESE QUESTIONS —
Question No. 1 — The entire security arrangements of the Prime Minister’s route were done by the Punjab police and it was responsible for the safety and security of the Prime Minister. The Punjab police had also assured the Prime Minister’s security team that the route was safe and that there were no blockades. Why did the Punjab police DGP gave false assurances and false information about the route to the Prime Minister’s security team?
Question No. 2 — When the attempt was made to block the entire cavalcade of the Prime Minister, and for full 20 minutes his security was breached; how did those responsible for the serious breach of safety and security arrangements managed to reach the cars in the Prime Minister’s cavalcade?
Question No. 3 — Why did those in the Punjab government and the Punjab police responsible for the safety and security of the Prime Minister failed to respond to the calls of the Prime Minister’s security team? Why did they fail so miserably to provide safety and security to the Prime Minister of the country?
Question No. 4 — Who in the Punjab government leaked the highly sensitive and secret information of the Prime Minister’s travel route to those who blocked the Prime Minister’s cavalcade on the flyover? All the video evidences, which are now available in the public domain, clearly points towards this glaring breach in the Prime Minister’s security lapse?
Question No. 5 — The information of the movement of the Prime Minister of the country is not available to anyone accept for those involved in the Prime Minister’s security, this is a well known fact and everyone knows about it. Now the Congress party and its government in Punjab will have to answer who sent the agitators on the Prime Minister’s route thus causing serious breach in the safety and security of the Prime Minister of the country?
Congress must apologize: Yogi Adityanath
The Congress must apologize to the people of the country for playing with the security of the country’s constitutional head, the Prime Minister of the country.Our country will never allow this type of Congress conspiracies to succeed.
SC directs to Secure all records, put probes on hold
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court took up a petition seeking a thorough investigation into the security lapse during Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s visit to Punjab.
The Supreme Court on 7 January, 2022 directed the high court registrar general to immediately secure all relevant records. The court also directed the Punjab government, its police and other Central and state agencies to provide all relevant records immediately to the Registrar General.
Amarinder Singh accuses Punjab CM, Sidhu of making ‘reckless’ remarks over PM security breach
Punjab’s former CM Amarinder Singh accused the top leadership of the state government and the ruling Congress of making reckless statements about Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s security breach and acting in confusion, instead of taking responsibility.Shri Singh targeted Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, Deputy CM Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and state Congress president Novjot Singh Sidhu, dubbing them all as “a confused lot”.
Instead of owning up the responsibility, they are all running away from it and passing it on to their juniors, which is cowardice and not true leadership, the former Punjab CM said.
‘CONGRESS GOVERNMENT IN PUNJAB TRIED ALL POSSIBLE TRICKS TO SCUTTLE PM’S PROGRAMMES’
In a Press statement regarding the Congress Government’s dirty tricks during PM’s visit to Punjab BJP National President Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda said, “Fearing a resounding defeat at the hands of the electorate, the Congress Government in Punjab tried all possible tricks to scuttle the PM’s programmes in the state. In doing so they did not bother that the PM Shri Narendra Modi was to pay tributes to Bhagat Singh and other martyrs, and lay the foundation stone for key development works in the state”.
By their cheap antics, the Congress government in Punjab has shown that they are anti-development and have no respect for our great freedom fighters too, he said.
What is extremely worrisome is that this incident was also a big security lapse as far as the PM is concerned. Protestors were given access to the Prime Minister’s route while the Punjab CS and DGP gave assurances to SPG that the route is clear.
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. The state police were instructed to prevent people from attending the rally. Large number of buses were stranded because of the high-handedness of the police & connivance with protestors.
Shri Nadda said, “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”.
‘SUCH DERELICTION OF SECURITY DURING PM’S VISIT IS TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE’
Senior BJP leader, Union Home Minister & Minister for Cooperation Shri Amit Shah came down heavily on the Congress party and Congress’s Punjab government over a dangerous “security lapse” during Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s visit to Punjab on 05 January, 2022.
In a series of Tweets, Shri Shah slammed Congress and said that such dereliction of the security during the prime minister’s visit is totally unacceptable and accountability will be fixed.
Shri Shah said, today’s Congress-made happening in Punjab is a trailer of how this party thinks and functions. Repeated rejections by the people have taken them to the path of insanity. The topmost echelons of the Congress owe an apology to the people of India for what they have done.
The Ministry of Home Affairs has sought a detailed report on security breach in Punjab. Such dereliction of security procedure in the Prime Minister’s visit is totally unacceptable and accountability will be fixed, he added.
CONGRESS CAN’T BE FORGIVEN FOR PM’S SECURITY BREACH: RAJNATH SINGH
Holding the Congress government in Punjab responsible for Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s security breach on the way to Ferozepur, Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh said that the party cannot be forgiven for the serious lapse.
Shri Singh said a prime minister represents the country and his office is an institution which everyone should respect.
“The Congress is in power in Punjab. Could we have imagined a security breach in the prime minister’s convoy like the one that happened there?” he asked.
“If we cannot ensure safety of institutions like that of the prime minister, it would be difficult to prevent disintegration of the country’s democratic institutions,” Shri Singh said.
DANGEROUS FOR DEMOCRACY: NITIN GADKARI
After Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi skipped his Ferozepur rally as his security was compromised after his arrival in Punjab, Union Minister Shri Nitin Gadkari condemned the never-seen-before incident in the history of India, stating the Prime Minister of India has been insulted by the Congress government in Punjab and will have to pay for it in the upcoming assembly elections.
Shri Gadkari said, “Punjab Government showed negligence in providing protection to PM Shri Modi. Congress’ intention was to cancel PM’s Ferozepur Rally. This is dangerous for democracy as the Punjab Government has not followed its constitutional responsibility. Congress will have to pay for it in the upcoming Assembly Elections.”
Opposition leaders condemns PM security breach incident
The Prime Minister of India is an institution. It is the duty of every Government to provide foolproof security and safeguard the dignity of this institution. Anything contrary should be unacceptable in our democracy.
Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister, Odisha
PM’s security cannot be compared with anyone else’s security; PM was in Pakistan’s firing range
Manish Tewari, Congress leader
What has happened today is just not acceptable. It’s against Panjabiyat. A secure passage for the Prime Minister of India to address BJP’s political rally in Ferozpur should have been ensured. That’s how democracy works.
Sunil Jakhar, Congress leader, Punjab
Shameful day for #Punjab. What was the Hon’ble PM @narendramodi coming for? He was here to announce & launch schemes for the welfare of our people of the state. Most unfortunate that the Prime Minister had to go back like this.
-Rana Gurmit S Sodhi
Former Cabinet Minister
In a statement, Pawan Kalyan said it was an unfortunate incident for PM Modi in Punjab state. The situation where the country’s prime minister’s car was halted for about 20 minutes and unable to move forward during his journey is unacceptable.
President, Jana Sena Party