Modi meets Kovind,
security breach for PM
in Punjab visit discussed

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NEW DELHI: President Ram Nath Kovind met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday and received a first-hand account of a security breach in his convoy in Punjab yesterday.
“President Ram Nath Kovind met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Rashtrapati Bhavan today and received from him a first-hand account of the security breach in his convoy in Punjab yesterday. The President expressed his concerns about the serious lapse,” the President of India tweeted. Earlier today President Kovind had expressed concern about the security breach in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Punjab visit.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was scheduled to visit Ferozepur on Wednesday to lay the foundation stone of multiple development projects worth more than Rs 42,750 crore.
The Home Ministry said in a statement that around 30 km away from the National Martyrs Memorial in Hussainiwala, when the Prime Minister’s convoy reached a flyover, it was found that the road was blocked by some protesters.

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets President Ram Nath Kovind and briefed him about the alleged security lapse during his Punjab visit, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on Thursday. (ANI Photo)

The Prime Minister was stuck on a flyover for 15-20 minutes.”This was a major lapse in the security of the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister’s schedule and travel plan was communicated well in advance to the Punjab Government. As per procedure, they have to make necessary arrangements for logistics, security as well as keep a contingency plan ready,” the statement said. “Also in view of the contingency plan, the Punjab Government has to deploy additional security to secure any movement by road, which were clearly not deployed. After this security lapse, it was decided to head back to Bathinda Airport,” it added.
It said only Punjab police knew the precise route of the PM and “never has such police behaviour been witnessed”.The Home Ministry has taken cognizance of the “serious security lapse” and has sought a detailed report from the Punjab government. The state government has also been asked to fix responsibility for this lapse and take strict action.

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets veteran BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi and greeted him on the occasion of his birthday, in New Delhi on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)

The Home Ministry statement added that PM Modi landed at Bathinda on Wednesday morning from where he was to go to the National Martyrs Memorial at Hussainiwala by helicopter. Due to rain and poor visibility, the Prime Minister waited for about 20 minutes for the weather to clear out.
The statement said that when the weather did not improve, it was decided that he would visit the National Martyrs Memorial via road, which would take more than two hours. The Prime Minister proceeded to travel by road after necessary confirmation of necessary security arrangements by the DGP Punjab Police.

“Grateful for his good wishes”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday thanked President Ram Nath Kovind for his concern for taking a first-hand account of the security breach in his convoy in Punjab yesterday.
Taking to Twitter, PM Modi said, “Called on Rashtrapati Ji. Thankful to him for his concern. Grateful for his good wishes, which are always a source of strength.” “President Ram Nath Kovind met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Rashtrapati Bhavan today and received from him a first-hand account of the security breach in his convoy in Punjab yesterday. The President expressed his concerns about the serious lapse,” the President of India tweeted.

Prakash Singh Badal blames Punjab govt

Former chief minister of Punjab Prakash Singh Badal on Thursday blamed the Charanjit Singh Channi-led Punjab government for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s security breach when the PM was on his way to Ferozpur for a rally on Wednesday.
Badal said, “Today’s government is incompetent. Even when a bomb exploded in Punjab, they were fighting among themselves. Each and everybody was giving different statements. Sidhu was giving his own statement. Even in a game, when you don’t work as a team, you can never win. We see there is no teamwork in Congress. They don’t want to see each other. What can they give to Punjab in this situation?” “See, like a coin, it is also having two sides of the same story. Here there are two-three sides. Firstly, there should be no obstacle during PM’s visit. Secondly, there was no gathering at the spot. It should have been there in any of the PM visits. Apart from that, the people don’t want this party, because they have not done good to the farmers,” said Prakash Singh Badal.
When asked about PM security, he said that every state has its own different government. In a state where the PM visits, it is the responsibility of the state to ensure safety of the Prime Minister. “Even the Chief Minister has to receive the PM,” added the former CM.
On Governor rule in Punjab, Badal said that they have asked for a report. Let’s see, he added. (ANI)