Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after returning to Bathinda airport, told officials, “Apne CM ko thanks kehna, ki mein Bathinda airport tak zinda laut paaya.” (Thank your CM that I returned to the Bathinda Airport alive).
Officials at Bathinda Airport informed ANI.
On Wednesday PM Modi’s cavalcade was stuck on a flyover in Punjab for nearly 20 minutes due to farmers blocking the flyover. The PM’s cavalcade was stuck on the flyover and private cars could be seen approaching the cavalcade, which was a major security lapse.
It is being said that the Punjab government failed to deploy additional security to secure any movement by road.
The Ministry of Home Affairs alleged a “major lapse in the security of PM Narendra Modi” who was in Punjab to attend some events.
“He proceeded to travel by road after necessary confirmation of security arrangements were made by the DGP Punjab Police,” the MHA said.
Initially it was planned that PM Modi will go to the National Martyrs Memorial at Hussainiwala by helicopter. But in view of rain and poor visibility, it was decided that he would travel by road, which would take more than 2 hours.
Punjab government spokesperson Dr Raj Kumar Verka denied allegations of a security lapse. He said, “The allegations of security breach are baseless. The rally flopped as BJP leaders failed to attract crowds.”
BJP National President JP Nadda also slammed the Punjab government and said “CM Charanjit Channi refused to get on the phone to either address the matter or solve it.”