Punjab CM Channi lashes out at Centre for extending BSF’s jurisdiction in state, calls it ‘direct attack on federalism’

His remarks come amid the Centre empowering the BSF to conduct searches, arrest suspects and make seizures up to an area of 50 km inside Indian territory from the International Border (IB) along the India-Pakistan and India-Bangladesh borders. The move is aimed at maintaining “zero tolerance” against terrorism and cross border crimes.

 

Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi has lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP government at the Centre over its decision to extend the Border Security Force (BSF)’s jurisdiction over a wider area along the borders of three states.

He termed the Centre’s decision a ‘direct attack on federalism.’ The Punjab chief minister also requested the Union Home Minister Amit Shah to immediately roll back this irrational decision.

“I strongly condemn the GoI’s unilateral decision to give additional powers to BSF within the 50 km belt running along the international borders, which is a direct attack on federalism. I urge the Union Home Minister @AmitShah to immediately roll back this irrational decision,” Punjab CM Channi said in a tweet.

His remarks come amid the Centre empowering the BSF to conduct searches, arrest suspects and make seizures up to an area of 50 km inside Indian territory from the International Border (IB) along the India-Pakistan and India-Bangladesh borders. The move is aimed at maintaining “zero tolerance” against terrorism and cross border crimes.

The state Deputy CM Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa also attacked the Centre saying that the Modi government is attempting to distort the federal structure of the Constitution.

“There are no justifiable reasons for unilaterally changing the existing arrangements by the Government of India, except to weaken the State Government and the spirit of federalism: Punjab Dy CM Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa on Centre extending BSF jurisdiction in the state,” he said.

“By conferring powers of police officers upon BSF (Border Security Force) officers without consulting State governments or obtaining their concurrence, the Centre is attempting to distort the federal structure of the Constitution,” Randhawa added.

Meanwhile, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi welcomed the Centre’s move and said that there is no dearth in the spirits of our security forces, but their hands are tied somewhere, and they are trapped in the web of government rules, today terrorism is a challenge for the whole world and these challenges should end that’s why this decision should be welcomed.

“Those who understand the reality of the land will welcome it, but those who don’t want to welcome it will do politics. See, states have their rights but national security is everyone’s responsibility, isn’t it?” the minister added.

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