Facing flak from the BJP over a “security lapse” during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Punjab, Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Thursday alleged that Narendra Modi’s “gimmick of danger to life” was aimed at “democratic” in the state. To bring down a properly elected government. Channi said that the Prime Minister is a respected leader of the country, but it does not suit a leader of his stature to indulge in such “cheap gimmicks”.
According to an official statement, Channi was addressing a gathering after laying the foundation stone for development works worth Rs 18 crore at New Anaj Mandi here. Channi also addressed another gathering at Dasuya here where he alleged that the “failure” of BJP’s rally on Wednesday was a reflection of the fact that intelligent Punjabis have completely rejected the party’s “divisive” agenda.
In Tanda, the chief minister claimed that there was no threat to Modi’s life, but canceled his program due to less number of people attending the BJP rally in Ferozepur. Due to empty chairs at the rally venue, the prime minister went back to the national capital citing “trivial reasons for security threat”, he said.
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Channi alleged that the “false pretext” on which the Prime Minister canceled his visit was part of a “larger conspiracy to defame Punjab and kill democracy in the state as was done in Jammu and Kashmir in the past”. The Chief Minister said that if the protesters were more than a kilometer away, then how was the life of the Prime Minister in danger. He said that where Modi’s convoy stopped, there was not even a slogan raised, so how could his life be in danger.
Channi said that Punjabis have sacrificed their lives for the unity, integrity and sovereignty of the country and they can never pose any threat to the life and security of the Prime Minister. The Chief Minister said that the poor attendance of the public in the rally has exposed the poor condition of the BJP in the state. In Dasuya, Channi said that with 70,000 chairs, only 700 people were present in the rally, indicating the growing resentment in the minds of people against the Modi government.
He said, “The empty chairs show a mirror to the BJP and its entire leadership about its failure to understand the sentiments of the people… Punjabis have made up their mind to teach a lesson to the arrogant leaders of the BJP in the upcoming assembly elections and this is the BJP’s stand,” he said. The flop show was a glimpse of it. “The gimmick of the prime minister and his troupe is aimed at imposing President’s rule in the state,” he claimed.
At a separate event in Ludhiana’s Machhiwada, Channi asked what were they doing if the intelligence officers around the prime minister felt a threat to their security.