‘At all times Mentioned Captain is With BJP’: Ex-CM’s Help for BSF’s Deep Entry Into Punjab Exposes Chasm in Cong

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The Centre’s determination to extend the jurisdiction of the Border Safety Power (BSF) in s few states, together with Punjab, has as soon as once more introduced the simmering cauldron of state politics to a boil as Cupboard minister Pargat Singh accused former chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh of being hand-in-glove with the Centre to implement the transfer.

“What’s Captain sahib attempting to show? I all the time mentioned he’s with the BJP. Earlier, when he went to Delhi and met Union House Minister Amit Shah, paddy procurement was delayed by 10 days and now when he has gone to Delhi once more, BSF’s jurisdiction has been elevated,” Singh mentioned whereas speaking to the media.

He added, “Captain sahib, please don’t do that. We respect you numerous. However don’t go down this highway. Don’t get all this accomplished after mixing up with BJP. The saffron celebration also needs to perceive that they can not let Punjab change into a disturbed state. It appears they wish to impose Governor’s rule within the state. I wish to inform them that we’ll not permit the BJP to achieve success in its designs.”

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The minister, who’s an in depth aide of Captain’s bête noire Navjot Singh Sidhu, additionally mentioned: “The federal government of India’s determination on BSF is akin to taking up half of Punjab. It’s a pattern of BJP’s polarisation coverage. I wish to remind them that Punjab follows Guru Nanak Dev’s ideology and teachings. BJP needs to divide individuals on communal strains however Punjab has by no means fallen prey to such designs of rulers.”

The assault comes after Amarinder Singh confirmed help for the Centre’s transfer. Tweeting on his behalf, his media adviser mentioned: “Our troopers are being killed in Kashmir. We’re seeing extra & extra weapons & medication being pushed by Pak-backed terrorists into Punjab. BSF’s enhanced presence & powers will solely make us stronger. Let’s not drag central armed forces into politics.”

His media adviser additional quoted him and wrote, “Partisan issues can’t & shouldn’t dictate our stand on problems with nationwide safety. I’d mentioned that on the time of the 2016 surgical strikes & am saying it once more. We’ve to rise above politics when India’s safety is at stake, as it’s now: @capt_amarinder”.

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Pargat Singh was not the one one who hit out at Captain, whose public outburst in opposition to the Gandhis after resignation as Punjab chief minister and subsequent conferences with House Minister Amit Shah and NSA Ajit Doval had raised eyebrows in political circles.

Former Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief Sunil Jakhar additionally launched a veiled assault on Amarinder by means of his tweets. “We’re happy with our safety forces which are supposed to safe our borders and defend India from overseas aggressors. Utilizing them to cowl up the failures & to wash up the mess created by leaders & govts could be very alarming. It not solely denigrates our courageous forces but in addition adversely impacts their morale, self-discipline & preparedness. It’s this use of our forces as political software which ought to be averted. Nobody is aware of it higher than @capt_amarinder Singh ji. I visited BSF officers when Akalis had been making them scapegoat for his or her govt’s failures 2014,” Jakhar tweeted.

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