“I regret he had to come back. We respect our PM”
There was no security breach, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi said after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s car was stranded on an airlift in the Punjab for nearly 20 minutes. The chief minister regretted that the prime minister had to return.
“The Prime Minister’s convoy was stopped long before where the protesters were seated. To lift any protest it takes at least 10 to 20 minutes. The Prime Minister was informed and also offered a different route, but he chose to leave “, declared the Prime Minister. Chief Minister at a press conference.
“There was no security breach of any kind and there was no attack situation,” Channi said.
The Chief Minister of Punjab has made it clear that no officer will be suspended as a result of today’s incident.
On the issue of not welcoming the Prime Minister at the airport, the Prime Minister said: “I was to receive the PM in Bathinda today but those who were to accompany me tested positive for Covid. Therefore, I did not go to receive the PM. today because I was in close contact with people who tested positive. “
The chief minister was attacked by his own party leader, Sunil Sunil Jakhar, over the security breach, who said it was against “Punjabiyat” and “just not acceptable”.
Criticizing the government of Punjab over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s security breach, Amarinder Sing, former chief minister of Congress and now an ally of the BJP, said Chief Minister Charanjit Channi should step down.
At 3 p.m. today, news broke that the prime minister had abandoned his plans to attend a rally in Ferozpur. At the event, trade union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya announced on stage that Modi would not do so “for certain reasons”.
In a political clash that escalates during the election season, the BJP accused the ruling Punjabi Congress of attempting to harm the prime minister. Congress, however, spoke of possible shortcomings in Prime Minister Modi’s elite security.
PM Modi was seen in a black Toyota Fortuner secured by SPG agents. Just a few meters from his car, people and police were seen in clusters. Posters were waved as the Prime Minister’s car passed. A BJP bus following the convoy was heckled by protesters.
Prime Minister Modi cut his visit short and returned to the airport.
“The prime minister was stuck on a flyover for 15 to 20 minutes. This was a major flaw in the prime minister’s security,” the interior ministry statement said.