March 22, 2023

punjab: President Ram Nath Kovind expresses concern as PM Modi gives first-hand account of security breach | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Displaying solidarity with PM Narendra Modi and making a political statement on the security breach during his Punjab visit on Wednesday, BJP leaders tweeted pictures of the PM at Kedarnath with a “long live Modiji” message while several, including Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Chouhan, held pujas for his well-being.
Ministers like Piyush Goyal and Bhupendra Yadav tweeted the Kedarnath pictures while many others referred to the PM calling on President Ram Nath Kovind and giving an account of the security breach in his convoy during his visit to Punjab. He spoke of the President offering his concern and best wishes.
BJP clearly viewed the unprecedented lapse that saw the PM stuck on a flyover for 20 minutes as a very serious matter, given the Punjab administration and police being responsible for the arrangements and also took note of the disparaging tone of Congress’s statements as something that needed vigorous rebuttal. There was concern that the incident could be replicated elsewhere and strong signal of disapproval needed to be sent out.
While Kovind expressed concern about the serious security lapse, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu spoke to Modi and suggested stringent measures be taken to adhere to established security protocol. Amidst exchange of allegations among political parties, government sources released a detailed account of how the PM’s security protocol was compromised despite timely communication to the Punjab police about his schedule and subsequent changes.
“President Ram Nath Kovind met PM Modi at the Rashtrapati Bhavan today and received from him a first-hand account of the security breach in his convoy in Punjab. The President expressed his concerns about the serious lapse,” the Rashtrapati Bhavan tweeted.
The PM also tweeted, saying, “Called on Rashtrapati Ji. Thankful to him for his concern. Grateful for his good wishes, which are always a source of strength.” Sources said Naidu expressed deep concern and hoped that stringent steps will be taken to scrupulously adhere to established security protocol and ensure such situation doesn’t recur in future.
At the Cabinet meeting on Thursday, most of the ministers expressed anguish and concern over the incident in Punjab posing a serious security threat to the PM, while he was on his way to Ferozepur by road after his chopper could not take off due to bad weather.
Seeking blessings for the PM’s long life, Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath performed puja at Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi, the Lok Sabha constituency of Modi, whereas Chouhan performed “Mahamrityunjaya Jaap”.
BJP secretary Tarun Chugh alleged that the Channi government joined hands with anti-national elements to sabotage PM Modi’s visit to Punjab. “The Congress government at the behest of Sonia Gandhi engineered a grave threat to the life of the PM,” he added.
While Congress issued a statement saying the matter was serious, former PM HD Deve Gowda, several CMs, including Navin Patnaik and Uddhav Thackeray, expressed concern over the incident and suggested a high level inquiry.

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