Shocking the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), which has severed ties with the BJP, the central government has withdrawn the Z-category security of senior Akali leader Bikram Singh Majithia. Following a letter sent from the Center, the Punjab government has now decided to review the security of Majithia to decide what type of protection should be provided to them. Meanwhile, the SAD has called the central government’s decision an act of political vendetta.
Majithia was provided with Z-category security from the central government at the request of the Akali-BJP coalition government in Punjab. Majithia was constantly threatened by gangsters and the chaotic elements hidden abroad and the Akali-BJP government demanded Z category protection. Under this protection, Majithia was provided with 30-40 CISF personnel and two escort vehicles. But all this security has been withdrawn following the new order of the Centre. Now Majithia’s security is only under the Punjab Police.
It is worth mentioning that in July 2018, the Punjab government had withdrawn 11 soldiers from Majithia’s security while reviewing the security of political leaders and other important personalities of the state. The state government has asked the DGP to review the safety of Majithia after a fresh letter from the Center. It is noteworthy that recently the Youth Akali Dal burnt an effigy of BJP leader in Rajpura. A few days later, this decision of the Center is being seen as the BJP’s answer. It is believed that the political tussle between the two parties in Punjab may intensify in the coming days. The Akali Dal has broken the alliance with the BJP since 1992 due to the peasant movement started in Punjab against the three agricultural laws implemented by the central government.
Dr Daljit Singh Cheema, senior Akali Dal leader and vice-president, condemning the decision of the Central Government to withdraw security of Siyad Bikram Singh Majithia said that Majithia is getting constant threats from gangsters, Due to which their security was increased. But the central government has decided to remove their security due to political rivalry. He alleged that the central government was risking the lives of its opponents.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday urged the Centre to help end the rail blockade by farmers annoyed by the new agricultural laws and said that he asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah to discuss the issue. He urged the central government to show a big heart on this issue and demanded that the freight services be restored.
It is worth mentioning that the farmers’ bodies of Punjab had said on Wednesday that they will allow passenger trains to run in the state if the centre starts running goods trains first. However, the railways rejected the demand of farmers saying that the railway will either start both types of trains or will not run any trains. The suspension of goods trains has affected the supply of fertilizers for the agricultural sector and coal for thermal power plants, besides adversely affecting the industry. Amarinder Singh said that it was a joint responsibility of both the state and the Centre that they help resolve the current crisis arising out of the suspension of train services.