Congress leaders speak in different voices over PM Modi’s security breach
The security breach of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s convoy in Punjab has left Congress divided on opinions.
Manish Tewari, Congress MP from Punjab on Friday termed the two different probes by the Centre and state as a case of polarizing and has demanded a single probe committee on the matter.
“Speaks of Polarising times we live in-Even on a sensitive issue concerning security of @PMOIndia, @PunjabGovtIndia & GOIA have ordered 02 separate probes. Both probes should be merged by SC today & 01 Inquiry by sitting HC/ SC judge should be conducted,” Tewari tweeted.
Whereas, other members of Congress launched an attack on the BJP for defaming Punjab and creating a “political drama”.
Tewari on Thursday had demanded a probe by a sitting HC judge. The Centre has constituted a committee to probe the serious lapse in the security arrangements for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Ferozepur, Punjab on Wednesday.
In a social media post, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Home Affairs said, “The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has constituted a committee to enquire into the serious lapses in the security arrangements during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Ferozepur, Punjab, on January 5, which led to the exposure of the VVIP to grave security risk.”
Senior Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi took to Twitter to demand fixing accountability for the lapse and cautioned, “these are institutional matters, never personal.”
“Irrespective of politics, or sudden change of PM plans, or irremovability of protesting farmers at short notice because of change, or allegations and counter-allegations, we have to take all steps to ensure PM security and fix accountability,” Singhvi said.
The Punjab government on Thursday announced to constitute a high-level committee for a thorough probe into the lapses. An official spokesperson said the committee would comprise Justice (retd) Mehtab Singh Gill and Principal Secretary (Home Affairs) Anurag Verma. The committee will submit its report within three days.
“We were told that the Prime Minister would fly by helicopter from Bathinda to Ferozepur. But all of a sudden, he decided to move by road. If there were any security lapses during PM Modi’s visit, we are ready to probe the matter,” Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi had earlier told the media.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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