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“Political Game, State Within State”: Navjot Sidhu On More Areas To BSF

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Mr. Sidhu and Mr. Channi were speaking at a multi-stakeholder meeting on Monday.

Chandigarh:

Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and State Congressman Navjot Singh Sidhu attacked the Central government on Monday over the issue of expanding the jurisdiction of the Border Security Force ( BSF) in Punjab. Mr. Channi called this an “attack on federalism”, while Mr. Sidhu accused the unity government of weakening the federal structure by “creating a state within a state”.

The state CM alleged he had asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for an appointment but “never received a response”. The two leaders were speaking Monday at a multi-stakeholder meeting chaired by Channi. Representatives of all States Parties except BJP, including Shiromani Akali Dal, Aam Aadmi Party and Lok Insaaf Party, attended the meeting.

A resolution was passed at the all-party meeting saying they rejected the Centre’s ordinance on the BSF’s jurisdiction. The CM said a special session of the state assembly would be held on the issue in 10 to 15 days if the Center did not respond, and that the state would also go to the Supreme Court if its concerns. on the issue were not recognized. The meeting also touched on controversial farm laws that have sparked protracted protests from farmers. “At the assembly session, we will again adopt a resolution rejecting the three agricultural laws adopted by the Center,” said the CM.

Mr Sidhu attacked the Union government, accusing it of “substituting” the state police instead of creating coordination between the state police and the BSF. “It’s a political game. I wonder about the timing of the decision. Where is the state’s consent?” he said. He further alleged that central institutions were politicized and that chief ministers were hijacked by the Center.

The Punjabic congressman also leaned on former Punjabi chief minister Amarinder Singh, who welcomed the move immediately after its announcement. “The Center creates Jai Chands (read traitor) in the state,” he said in what is seen as an attack on Mr. Singh. “Who was getting the emergency notices? Who was having their arm twisted and dancing to the tunes of the Center / Everyone knows who the Jaichand is here,” he added.

Citing a recent spike in cases of drone drops from across the border, the Home Office (MHA) extended the BSF’s jurisdiction earlier this month. Security forces personnel will now have the power to stop, search and seize up to 50 km inside three new states – West Bengal, Punjab and Assam – sharing international borders with the United States. Pakistan and Bangladesh. Previously, this range was 15 km.

The move quickly snowballed into a politically charged debate over state autonomy, with the Punjab’s CM and many other leaders strongly protesting against it. “I strongly condemn the government’s unilateral decision to give additional powers to BSF within a radius of 50 km along international borders, which constitutes a direct attack on federalism. I urge the Union’s Home Minister, Amit Shah, to reverse this irrational decision immediately. Charanjit Singh Channi then tweeted.

Mr Sidhu also alleged that the BSF “daily violated” the country’s constitutional provision in the name of security in West Bengal and “it is possible that cases of torture, bogus cases, arbitrary detention and unlawful arrests have occurred. also produce in Punjab “. .

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