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Security lapse gimmick ploy to dismiss Congress government: Channi

Security lapse gimmick ploy to dismiss Congress government: Channi
Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi addressing a public rally in Tanda in Hoshiarpur district on January 6, 2022. Photo: DPR

Tanda (Hoshiarpur), Jan 6 (MNN) Even as the alleged “major security lapse” during the Prime Minister’s Punjab visit a day earlier snowballed into a political controversy, Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi said on Thursday that the “gimmick about threat to life” of Narendra Modi is “aimed at toppling a democratically elected Congress government” in the state.

“Yesterday’s gimmick by the PM and his coterie is aimed at imposing the President’s rule in the state. Punjab can be won only by love and not by pressure. Punjabis will vehemently oppose any such move to destabilise democracy in the state.”

The Chief Minister asserted that there was no threat to Modi’s life but he cancelled his programme in Ferozepur district on Wednesday because of “thin presence of people” at the BJP’s proposed public rally.

“The PM is a respected leader of the nation but it doesn’t behove a leader of his stature to indulging in such ‘cheap theatrics’. Thin public presence at the BJP rally in Ferozepur has exposed the poor standing of the party in Punjab, which is not going down well with its leadership,” he said while addressing the gathering at New Grain Market here after laying foundation stone of a number of developmental works entailing an expenditure of Rs 18 crore.

“Empty chairs chided the PM on his Punjab visit due to which he returned to the national capital citing frivolous reason of security threat,” Channi remarked.

He said that the “false pretext” on which Modi cancelled his state visit is a part of a larger conspiracy to defame Punjab and murder democracy in the state on the lines of what was done earlier in Jammu and Kashmir.

“How can the PM’s life be threatened if the protestors were stationed more than a kilometre away from him? At the place (on flyover) where his cavalcade stopped, not even one slogan was raised. Then how was his life threatened?”

The Chief Minister reminded Modi that Punjabis had sacrificed their lives for the unity, integrity and sovereignty of India, adding that they can never pose any danger to the life and security of Prime Minister.

Channi pointed out that weather conditions were not clement in Punjab on Wednesday, as was the case on Thursday too, and there were very few takers for the BJP’s Ferozepur rally, whereas Congress rallies across the state on Thursday were teeming with people.

The Chief Minister said he urged Modi to stop “defaming Punjab and its people for vested political interests”.

He said that Punjabis have played a key role in socio-economic development of the country, besides safeguarding its borders.

“The slanderous campaign launched by the BJP on the security issue is an insult of all Punjabis which is unwarranted and undesirable.”

On former CM Amarinder Singh, Channi described him as “political deadwood”, which he claimed was evident from the fact that the scion of erstwhile Patiala royalty “addressed empty chairs in the rally” on Wednesday.

“Everyone knows Captain has backstabbed Punjab due to which no one wants to listen to him. The day is not far when all candidates of ‘Maharaja’ will lose their poll deposits,” Channi added.

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