The breach in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s security which led to the cancellation of his rally in Punjab’s Ferozpur on Wednesday has led to a major political controversy. The Ministry of Home Affairs has claimed that despite having intelligence inputs about protesters, Punjab Police did not follow the ‘Blue Book’ and had not prepared a contingency route for Prime Minister’s visit. However, Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi has denied any security lapses and said the BJP cancelled the rally seeing the low turnout at the venue.
Meanwhile, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan is scheduled to brief officials of Election Commission of India today over COVID-19 situation in the country. Niti Aayog Member (Health) Dr VK Paul will also attend the briefing. After a three-day visit to poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, the poll body had said that that the political parties of the state were in favour of holding the elections on time.
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I have requested the Governor to suspend the Home Minister and DGP of Punjab. The protocols were not followed to receive the PM. Who leaked the Prime Minister's route?: Punjab BJP President Ashwani Sharma
We reject the committee set up by the Punjab government to investigate the matter. This committee formed by the Chief Minister will never be able to find out anything because he himself is the ringleader of this conspiracy: Punjab BJP President Ashwani Sharma
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Punjab government has formed a high-level probe panel to investigate the breach in PM Modi' security during his visit to Ferozpur on Wednesday. The panel has been told to submit the report in three days.
A crucial meeting between key officials of Health Ministry and Election Commission will take place today. The ministry will brief the poll body about the COVID-19 situation in the country. The meeting comes amid an alarming spike in COVID-19 cases across the country.