for 15-20 minutes due to a blockade by some farmers, an incident the Union Home Ministry described as a “major lapse” in his security. The PM was scheduled to address a rally in Ferozepur, which was cancelled after the incident. A delegation of the BJP will meet the Punjab governor regarding the incident on Thursday.
Several leaders condemned the security breach of the prime minister yesterday. Any lapse in the security of the prime minister is unacceptable, the Aam Aadmi Party said. Reacting to the alleged security lapse during the prime minister’s Punjab visit, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Wednesday said the responsibility of the SPG and IB should be fixed as they are primarily responsibility for the PM’s security.
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Wednesday said the Congress has no right to remain in power in Punjab after the security lapse. It was not only a security lapse but an attempt to physically harm the PM, he said in a video statement, adding that Modi is not a PM of the BJP but of the country.
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav’s proposed Vijay Rath Yatra in Gonda and Ayodhya later this week has been postponed. Programmes of the party president slated for January 7, 8 and 9 have been postponed and new dates will be announced soon, a party leader said on Wednesday on condition of anonymity.
The leader did not give any reason for the postponement of the programme. According to party sources, Akhilesh Yadav was proposed to visit Gonda and Ayodhya on January 7, 8 and 9 and address public meetings.
The Punjab Cabinet on Wednesday decided to give a one-time grant of Rs 1,000 to widows, destitute women, dependent children and disabled people. This will be over and above the monthly pension of Rs 1,500 being given to them. This financial assistance will be credited directly into their bank accounts. This one-time grant will cost the state exchequer Rs 277.13 crore and benefitting 27.71 lakh beneficiaries, according to an official release.
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