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PM Modi takes a dig at CM Channi for Punjab security lapse, says “Apne CM ko thanks kehna..”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday had to skip his rally in Ferozepur, Punjab due to an apparent lapse in security.

News agency ANI has reported that the Prime Minister reportedly took a dig at Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi over the incident. Officials at Bhatinda Airport reportedly said that PM Modi, on his return to Bhatinda airport, told the officials “Apne CM ko thanks kehna, ki mein Bhatinda airport tak zinda laut paaya.”

In a press statement, CM Channi said “I express regret that PM Modi had to return during his visit to Ferozepur district today. We respect our PM.” He said he couldn’t receive the PM as his accompany tested positive for Covid. “I had to receive the PM at Bathinda today but those who had to accompany me tested COVID positive. Hence, I did not go to receive the PM today as I was in close contact with some who tested positive.”

“If there were any security lapses during PM Modi’s visit today, then we will conduct an inquiry. There was no danger to the prime minister,” he added.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Ministry of Home Affairs released a statement that read “Around 30-kms away from National Martyrs Memorial in Hussainiwala, when the PM’s convoy reached a flyover, it was found that the road was blocked by some protestors. The PM was stuck on a flyover for 15-20 minutes. This was a major lapse in the security of PM.”

BJP leader Smriti Irani condemned the security lapse, saying that never before in the history of India has a state govt knowingly constructed a scenario where the PM will be brought to harm. “We know Congress hates Modi, but today they tried to harm the PM of India. Such is the breakdown in law & order in Punjab that the DGP claims he is incapable of providing support PMO & PM security detail. The Congress must give an answer,” she said.

In a series of tweets, BJP’s JP 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 @narendramodi Ji’s programmes in the state.”

Nadda claimed that by their cheap antics, the Congress government in Punjab has shown that they are anti-development and have no respect for freedom fighters too. “In doing they did not bother that the PM was to pay tributes to Bhagat Singh & other martyrs, and lay the foundation stone for key development works. By their cheap antics, Congress Gov in Punjab has shown that they are anti-development & have no respect for freedom fighters too,” Nadda said.

Referring to the security breach, Nadda said, “What is extremely worrisome is that this incident was also a big security lapse as far as the PM is concerned. Protesters were given access to the Prime Minister’s route while the Punjab CS and DGP gave assurances to SPG that the route is clear.”

Nadda alleged that Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi refused to get on the phone to either address the matter or solve it. “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,” he said.

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