Punjab Vidhan Sabha on Thursday adopted a resolution against the Center’s notification extending the jurisdiction of the Border Security Force from 15 to 50 km
along the international Indo-Pakistan border in the state, calling it an “insult” to the state police and calling for its withdrawal.
The Chamber urged the state government to take the case to the Center and withdraw the notification.
The resolution was passed unanimously by the House “rejecting” the Center Order in the absence of the only two BJP deputies – Arun Narang and Dinesh Babbu – who left the House just before the Deputy Minister in Chief and Interior Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa does not move
In particular, the central government had amended the BSF law the previous month to authorize border guards to carry out searches, seizures and arrests within a radius of 50 km, against 15 km currently, from the international border of Punjab, from West Bengal and Assam.
The resolution declared that “the Punjab is a land of martyrs”, and “they made exemplary sacrifices in the struggle for the freedom of our country”.
âThe Punjab Police are a unique patriotic force that has contributed immensely to maintaining the unity and integrity of the country. According to the Indian Constitution, the maintenance of public order is the responsibility of the state government and, for this purpose, the government of the Punjab is fully competent, âthe resolution reads.
He added: âThe decision to extend the jurisdiction of the BSF from 15 km to 50 km by the Union government is an expression of mistrust of the state police and the people of Punjab. It is also their insult.
He further said that the central government should have consulted the state before making such an important decision, adding that the public order situation in Punjab is totally under control and there is no need to expand. the jurisdiction of BSF.
“All political parties in Punjab unanimously condemned the decision of the Union government and demanded that the Union government withdraw the notification dated 11.10.2021 issued by the Ministry of Interior of the Government of India “, he said, adding:” Therefore, Punjab Vidhan Sabha unanimously decides that a resolution rejecting the notification of the central government in this regard can be adopted.
Calling the Center’s notice to extend the BSF’s jurisdiction an âattack on the federal structure,â Randhawa said House members should meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the matter.
Randhawa has also made it clear that the government will move the High Court and Supreme Court on notification, if necessary.
Tackling the treasury banks over the Congressional government’s “double standards” regarding the deployment of the BSF, SAD MP Bikram Singh Majithia said that on the one hand, the Home Secretary was deploying the BSF in prisons , while on the other, he was opposed to the BSF increasing jurisdiction along the border.
Majithia said the state’s congressional-led government should decide that the Punjab police will not cooperate with the BSF beyond 15 km.
Referring to the assertion raised by Majthia, Channi said the draft resolution was adopted at an all-party meeting and that “everything would be considered confidential”.
Punjab Congressman and Congress President Navjot Singh Sidhu also criticized SAD Chairman Sukhbir Singh Badal and MK Akali Majithia for their absence at the multi-party meeting where the OSB resolution was passed.
During the discussion on the resolution, Transport Minister Amarinder Singh Raja Warring said that Sukhbir Badal and former Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal themselves did not trust the Punjab police as they had central security forces to guard them.
MP Parminder Singh Dhindsa also sought clarification from Channi about his meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah, noting that the notification on the BSF was issued after Channi met Shah.
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Aman Arora also questioned the Centre’s ordering schedule on October 11 after Channi met with Shah. He questioned the state government about not moving the Supreme Court over the BSF notification.
AAP MP and opposition leader Harpal Singh Cheema pointed out that the former chief minister, Captain Amarinder Singh, had misguided the state on the security issue.
Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi called for the support of all political parties on this issue, saying it is a common struggle.