Punjab all-party meet seeks BSF order recall, Mamata says let states be

An all-party assembly in Punjab, barring the BJP, Monday handed a unanimous decision rejecting the Centre’s notification enhancing the BSF’s jurisdiction in border states, and stated Punjab would take the legislative route if the federal government didn’t withdraw the move.

Addressing the media after the assembly that was referred to as by him, Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi stated the state will write to the Centre to withdraw the notification that expands the BSF’s jurisdiction for search, seizure and arrest to 50 km from the border — from the present 15 km — in Punjab, West Bengal and Assam. Channi stated he and Deputy CM Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the problem, however have been but to obtain a reply.

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“We will call a special Vidhan Sabha session to cancel the notification if Centre does not do so,” Channi stated, including that they have been able to approach Supreme Court.

Addressing the media at a gathering in Siliguri, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee additionally stated she had written a letter to the PM in opposition to “the attempt to interfere with the federal structure of the country”.

Saying that the state confronted no issues in border areas to warrant such a move, she added: “Earlier, they had jurisdiction up till 15 km, there were incidents of firing in Balurghat or Cooch Behar. Now, they have extended it to 50 km. This is an attempt to interfere with the federal structure… We share very cordial relations [with neighbouring countries]. There is no need to create this confusion. Law and order is a state subject.”

Channi stated all political events in Punjab have been on the identical web page on the matter. While AAP, the primary Opposition get together, and the Akali Dal attended the all-party assembly, the BJP stayed away.

The BSF has justified the growth of jurisdiction on the grounds of uniformity, saying earlier it various from state to state.

In Punjab, the brand new BSF jurisdiction restrict covers many of the cities and the cities on the Amritsar-Jalandhar freeway in Majha area. The Golden Temple, situated within the centre of Amritsar, is lower than 32 km from the zero line.

Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu, who was current on the all-party assembly, accused the Centre of misusing Central companies. “Border can be 5 km, 7 km, how can it be 50 km into the state?” he stated.

Linking the move to the upcoming Assembly polls, he stated, “Whenever there are elections in Punjab, a ‘law and order situation’ is created. A State is being set up in another state… How is this not President’s rule?”

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