New Delhi: Congress chief Randeep Surjewala right this moment slammed the Centre over its “unilateral” determination to extend Border Safety Power (BSF) jurisdiction in Punjab, and claimed it was meant to deflect consideration from the motion of heroin by the Adani-run Mundra Port in Gujarat this 12 months.
Each states vote for a brand new authorities subsequent 12 months, with the Congress (in energy in Punjab) and the BJP (in energy in Gujarat) bidding for re-election of their states and a powerful displaying within the different.
Impressed by Dwelling Minister Amit Shah’s ‘chronology samjhiye‘ comment, Mr Surjewala linked a 25,000 kg cargo that reportedly handed by Mundra Port in June, and a 3,000 kg (valued at Rs 20,000 crore) cargo captured on the similar port in September, to the order on BSF jurisdiction.
“The Chronology –
25,000 kg of heroin got here by Adani Port, Gujarat on 9/6/2021
3,000 kg of heroin caught at Adani Port, Gujarat on 13/9/2021.
BSF jurisdiction unilaterally elevated from 15 km to 50 km in Punjab.
Federalism Lifeless, Conspiracy Clear,” he tweeted.
• 25,000 Kgs of Heroin Medication got here by Adani Port, Gujarat on 9/6/2021.
• 3,000 Kgs of Heroin Medication caught at Adani Port, Gujarat on 13/9/2021.
• BSF jurisdiction unilaterally elevated from 15 Kms to 50 Kms in Punjab.
Federalism Lifeless, Conspiracy Clear.
— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) October 14, 2021
The jibe comes after a Dwelling Ministry order final night time that stated BSF jurisdiction in three states – Punjab, Bengal, and Assam – will now embrace all areas inside 50 km of the worldwide border.
Beforehand in Punjab BSF had jurisdiction as much as 15 km from the border with Pakistan.
The brand new order means the BSF can perform searches and make arrests inside a wider space.
This units up a probably explosive state of affairs in Punjab, with the BSF and police prone to conflict over jurisdiction in a state the place the BJP and Congress will go head-to-head in subsequent 12 months’s election.
Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Channi – below assault from his personal get together colleagues because the divide inside the ruling get together grows – has known as this “a direct assault on federalism”.
Mr Surjewala’s tweet can also be an try to remind voters in Gujarat of drug motion of their state, and underline the Congress’ level that even with BJP leaders within the nation’s two strongest posts – Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Dwelling Minister Amit Shah – no motion has been taken.
In September, authorities recovered 3,000 kg of heroin from Mundra Port; the consignment got here through Iran from Afghanistan, one of many world’s largest unlawful producers of opium.
Eight individuals, together with a international nationwide, have been arrested up to now, and raids have been carried out at a number of locations within the nationwide capital area. The case has additionally been handed over to the NIA.
Final month Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera questioned the centre over its “failure” to cease medicine from getting into the nation, and in addition alleged that quantity of medicine had elevated exponentially.
“Can (the BJP) inform us why Gujarat has grow to be such a hotbed for drug smuggling… Why are we not busting this racket? How is it the syndicate nonetheless carrying on? It is a critical matter…” he stated.
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