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‘In what capacity?’: BJP rebukes Punjab CM for briefing Priyanka Vadra on PM security lapse

By Saima Siddiqui 
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‘In what capacity?’: BJP rebukes Punjab CM for briefing Priyanka Vadra on PM security lapse

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) slammed Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Sunday after the Congress leader said he ‘briefed’ party General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra about the breach in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s security during his visit to the poll-bound state.

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Minimising the grave security breach, CM Channi maintained that there was “no threat” to the PM during his Punjab visit. He added that there were no protestors within a 1-kilometre distance of PM’s cavalcade that was stuck on a flyover for 15-20 minutes. Channi also said he had briefed party leader Priyanka Gandhi “on whatever happened there”.

‘Who is Priyanka Gandhi to be briefed about PM’s security lapse?’

The BJP, which has alleged that the Congress government “tried to physically harm” the Prime Minister, once again lambasted Channi for violating the oath of secrecy and sharing crucial details regarding PM’s security lapse with Priyanka Gandhi. 

“A sitting CM briefs Priyanka Vadra on PM’s security! Why? What constitutional post does Priyanka hold and who is she to be kept in the loop regarding PM’s security?” asked BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra in a tweet. “Channi Saab ..be truthful..you must have said to her Kaam ho gaya hai, jo aapne bola tha voh ho gaya hai. (The work is done as you had directed),” he added. “

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BJP leader Gaurav Bhatia also stated that the Chief Minister has violated the oath of secrecy under the Constitution of India. He questioned, under what capacity was Priyanka Vadra briefed about PM’s security lapse. Taking a swipe at the Congress, Bhatia said, “India attained freedom in 1947 but Manmohan ji to you, the Ghulami (slavery) continues.”

Amid strong protest staged by farmers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday cancelled his visit to Ferozepur – where he was scheduled to lay the foundation stones for several projects and address a rally later. The angered farmers, opposing Modi’s visit to the city, blocked the road due to which Modi, who had landed at Bathinda’s Bhaisiana Airforce station, was forced to turn back and would soon leave for Delhi, sources said. This was his first visit to the state in two years and for the first time since the repeal of farm laws.

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The Prime Minister’s convoy was stranded on a flyover for 15-20 minutes due to the alleged road blockage about 30 km away from the National Martyrs Memorial in Hussainiwala. Meanwhile, Union Home Ministry has sought a report from the Punjab Government on the security breach during PM’s visit.

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