March 24, 2023

punjab: PM in Punjab: Forced to abort temple visit due to security issue | India News – Times of India

JALANDHAR: A month after he cut short his Punjab visit due to a security breach in Ferozepur, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said he was unable to pay a visit to a temple here as local authorities could not make necessary arrangements.
Such is the situation of the government in Punjab, the PM said while hitting out at Congress, and asserted that he will come to Jalandhar again and pay obeisance at the Devi Talab Mandir.
Modi was addressing a rally in Jalandhar, his first in Punjab since January 5 when he returned from the state without attending any event, including a public meeting, after his convoy got stuck on a flyover due to a blockade by protesters in Ferozepur.
The PM said it was his desire to pay obeisance at the Devi Talab Mandir, but the police and the administration here said they will not be able to make arrangements. “They said you leave by helicopter, such is the situation of the government here… But I will come here again and pay obeisance at the temple,” said Modi.
Punjab CM Channi was also to attend a poll rally by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi at Hoshiarpur.
At his rally, the prime minister mocked the Congress over the infighting in its Punjab unit and said the party is “disintegrating” and its leaders are exposing it.

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