Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi’s reaction came on the issue of ‘security lapse’ of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday. Channi said that I respect Prime Minister Narendra Modi and I am sorry that he had to go back. Let us inform you that due to ‘serious security lapse’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi got stuck on a flyover for 15 to 20 minutes on Wednesday when some protesters blocked the road while going by road in Punjab due to a ‘serious security lapse’. Due to this, the Prime Minister returned without attending an event at the martyr’s memorial.
“I respect PM Modi“
Channi said in a press conference, “I respect Prime Minister Narendra Modi. I had to go with him too, but I could not go. I sent Finance Minister Manpreet Badal to accompany the PM in my place. There was no attack on the Prime Minister, there was no threat to him. Protesters suddenly came in their way. I am sorry for PM Modi had to go back.”
Talking about the farmers, Channi said that I myself tried to clear the way by 3 o’clock. At the same time, expressing a strong reaction to the incident, the Union Home Ministry has asked the Punjab government to fix accountability for this lapse and take strict action.
The information was given to the Punjab government. The Home Ministry said that the Punjab government had already been informed about the PM’s schedule and travel plans. As per the procedure, they have to make necessary arrangements in this regard by keeping a contingency plan ready along with ‘logistics’ and security.
Keeping the contingency plan in mind, the Punjab government should have deployed additional security personnel to keep any travel by road safe, but it is quite clear that they were not deployed. According to the statement, following this security lapse, it was decided to return to Bathinda airport. Taking cognizance of this serious security lapse, the Home Ministry has sought a detailed report from the Punjab government.
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