Tribune press service
Chandigarh, March 27
Calling today’s attack on BJP MP Arun Narang in Malout “a shameful incident and a sad day” in Punjab history, party chairman Ashwani Sharma said the government had failed clearly failed to maintain law and order.
Sharma said that in a democratic configuration, political parties have every right to protest but that a “code of decency” must be followed. “The police could not protect an elected MP. What will an ordinary man be subjected to if a crowd takes over? Sharma said.
BJP national secretary general Tarun Chugh said the attack exposed the breakdown of law and order in Punjab. In a statement, he held Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh responsible for the incident, saying it appeared to be a strategy of Congress to prepare an attack on BJP leaders under the pretext of agricultural unrest. He said Capt Amarinder was behind such attacks to stifle the voice of the BJP.
Chugh recalled how deadly attacks by members of Congress were designed against him, Punjab BJP chairman Ashwani Sharma, and many other BJP leaders.
He said it was not only reprehensible but alarming for the state. He demanded the resignation of the chief minister for his “failure” to maintain law and order in the state.
Former BJP minister Manoranjan Kalia also condemned the attack on the MLA in Abohar. “The police were present in sufficient numbers, but Narang was not only beaten but his clothes were ripped off. If an elected official is not safe, the safety of the common man can be well imagined. Law and order have totally collapsed in Punjab, ”Kalia said, demanding the imposition of presidential power in the state.
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) called violent attack on BJP lawmaker “deplorable” and demanded an impartial investigation into the incident to determine responsibility for state police failure to protect dignity an elected representative.
Reacting to the legislator’s onslaught in Malout, party chairman Sukhbir Singh Badal urged everyone to exercise restraint to ensure community peace and harmony in the state.
He also lambasted the state police for failing in their duty even though he argued that the Congressional government had failed miserably in maintaining public order.
Assembly Speaker Rana KP Singh said such incidents had no place in a democratic setup. “It is not only unacceptable, but highly reprehensible that an elected official has been beaten in public view … We will not allow anyone to take justice into their own hands,” he said, adding that such incidents were intended to slander the farmers. “Agitation and weakening of their cause.”
The President asked the DGP to identify the culprits and take strict action. He asked for a time-bound report on the incident and the action taken.
Narang hospitalized in Abohar
BJP lawmaker Arun Narang, who was allegedly beaten by farmers in Malout, was admitted to the subdivision’s civilian hospital on Saturday evening. Ashok Chhabra, vice president of the district BJP unit, was also hospitalized. The duo were examined by Chief Medical Officer Dr Gagandeep Singh and Dr Kavita. Narang felt uncomfortable because of the incident, party sources said. OC
The legislator “ renders ” police security
Upset by the attack on farmers in Malout, where he went to a press meeting to highlight the “failure” of Capt Amarinder Singh’s government to fulfill the promises of the 2017 election, MP Arun Narang reportedly dismissed the government. Punjab Police security personnel provided to him. . Fazilka SSP Harjeet Singh and Abohar DSP Rahul Bhandari along with officers visited Narang’s residence and inquired about the sequence of events. OC