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Cong Hits Back, Says All PM Arrangements Were In Tandem With SPG; 10K Deployed
NEW DELHI: Hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi cancelled his programme in Punjab after his convoy was stuck in a traffic jam, the Congress hit back at the ruling BJP saying all arrangements were made in tandem with Special Pritection Group (SPG) and other agencies and route was carved for all buses.
The Congress also said that Modi was decided to take a road journey which was not part of his original schedule.
In a series of tweets, Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala said, “Dear Naddaji, stop losing cool and all sense of propriety. Pl remember — 10,000 security personnel were deployed for PM’s rally.
All arrangements were made in tandem with SPG and other agencies and route was carved even for all buses of BJP workers from Haryana/Rajasthan.”
The Congress leader said that the Prime Minister decided to take a road journey to Hussainiwala. “It was not part of his original schedule to travel by road,” he said.
The Congress leader also said that Kisan mazdoor Sangharsh Committee (KMSC) has been protesting against PM’s visit and Union Minister Gajendra Shekhawat has held two rounds of negotiation with them.
“Do you know why KMSC and farmers are protesting against PM Modi?
Their demands are — sack MOS Home Ajay Misra Teni, withdraw criminal cases against farmers in Haryana, Delhi and UP, compensation for kin of 700 farmers who died, committee on MSP and a quick decision, he said.
Surjewqla said, “Post farmer’s agitation, Modi government chose to totally ignore these promises. Finally, the reason for canceling rally is that there were no crowds to listen to Modiji.”
“Stop blame game and introspect on BJP’s anti-farmer attitude. Hold rallies but listen to farmers first,” he added.
His remarks came after the Prime Minister was stuck in traffic on a flyover for over 15-20 minutes while enroute to Punjab’s Hussainwala to visit National Martyrs Memorial because of protestors.
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, on stage at the event, told the crowd the Prime Minister had cancelled “due to some reasons”.
This was the Prime Minister’s first visit to poll bound Punjab after three farm laws were repealed in December last year during Winter Session of Parliament.