On Wednesday, PM Narendra Modi had to cancel his visit to Ferozepur in Punjab, as he was trapped on a flyover. As per reports, protesters were sitting to block the way, which is considered as a big security lapse from Punjab government. PM’s car was trapped for around 20 minutes on the flyover.
“Apne CM ko thanks kehna, ki main Bathinda airport tak zinda laut paaya (Convey my thanks to your CM, for I could return to Bathinda airport alive),” the ANI news agency quoted Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A statement from the federal home ministry said, “This was a major lapse in the security of the PM.” However, Charanjit Singh Channi, CM of Punjab said that there was no security lapse on his end.
“We had asked them [Prime Minister’s office] to discontinue the visit due to bad weather and protests. We had no information of [the] sudden change in route. There was no security lapse during the PM’s visit,” Mr Channi told the media on Wednesday.
“I express regret that PM Modi had to return during his visit to Ferozepur. We respect our prime minister,” Mr Channi said.
The home ministry said it has sought a detailed report from Punjab government on the “serious security lapse”.
“As per procedure, they have to make necessary arrangements for logistics, security as well as keep a contingency plan ready,” it 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,” tweeted Union home minister Amit Shah. Meanwhile, the SC has asked to submit a copy and hearing will be held on Friday. “In Punjab, there were lapses in the Prime Minister’s security,” said Rajnath Singh during the ‘Vijay Sankalp Yatra’ in Uttarakhand. “Yet the Congress is talking nonsense. The Prime Minister is a representative of the country; such lapses in his security are a serious matter.”
The defence minister addressed the crowd gathered at the public rally and asked, “I want to ask you whether Congress should be forgiven for this.” After the incident, PM Modi met President Kovind, today. PM Modi gave the President “a first-hand account of the security breach”, a Rashtrapati Bhawan statement said.
“President Ram Nath Kovind met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Rashtrapati Bhavan today and received from him a first-hand account of the security breach in his convoy in Punjab yesterday. The President expressed his concerns about the serious lapse,” tweeted the President.