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Punjab All-Party Meeting Seeks Withdrawal of BSF Order, Mamata Says States Be

Punjab All-Party Meeting Seeks Withdrawal of BSF Order, Mamata Says States Be.

A meeting of all parties in Punjab except the BJP on Monday passed a unanimous resolution rejecting the Center’s notification improving the BSF’s jurisdiction in border states, saying that Punjab would take the legislative route if the government did not withdraw the measure.

Addressing the media after the meeting he convened, Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi said that the state will write to the Center to withdraw the notice that extends the jurisdiction of the BSF for search, seizure and arrest within 50 km of the border, from the current 15 km – in Punjab, West Bengal and Assam. Channi said that he and MP CM Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the matter, but had not yet received a response.

“We will call a special Vidhan Sabha session to cancel the notification if the Center does not do so,” Channi said, adding that they were ready to address the Supreme Court.

Center vs Opp: New friction

Addressing the media at a meeting in Siliguri, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also said that she had written a letter to the prime minister against “the attempt to interfere with the country’s federal structure.”

Saying that the state faced no problems in the border areas to justify such a move, he added: “Before, they had jurisdiction up to 15 km, there were shooting incidents in Balurghat or Cooch Behar. Now they have expanded it to 50 km. This is an attempt to interfere with the federal structure … We share very cordial relations. [with neighboring countries]. You don’t need to create this confusion. Law and order is a state issue. ”

Channi said that all political parties in Punjab were on the same page on the matter. While AAP, the main Opposition party, and Akali Dal attended the all-party meeting, the BJP stayed away.

The BSF has justified the expansion of jurisdiction on the basis of uniformity, previously saying that it varied from state to state.

In Punjab, the new BSF jurisdiction boundary covers most of the towns and cities on the Amritsar-Jalandhar highway in the Majha region. The Golden Temple, located in the center of Amritsar, is less than 20 miles from the zero line.

The head of the Punjab Congress, Navjot Singh Sidhu, who was present at the all-party meeting, accused the Center of misusing central agencies. “The border can be 5 km, 7 km, how can it be 50 km within the state?” he said.

Tying the movement to the upcoming Assembly elections, he said: “Whenever there are elections in Punjab, a ‘law and order situation is created. A state is being established in another state … How is this not a rule of the president? ”

Sidhu, who accused the BSF of human rights violations in West Bengal, said there was no guarantee that a person detained by her would be handed over to the local police within 24 hours, as required by the rules. If the decision was made “in the national interest”, the leader of Congress said: “… the best way to do it in a democratic country is to trust the states.”

The BJP boycotted the all-party meeting saying that the BSF’s jurisdiction had been improved in all border states and that Punjab faced the problem of arms and drug smuggling.

At the meeting, Channi also said that in its next session, the Punjab Assembly would remove the three agricultural laws that farmers have been protesting against.

Devika Chowdhury - She is a professional news editor, writer, and blogger for the last 10 years. She is working with NewsGater as an off-beat news editor cum writer.

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