The Congress on Thursday criticized the federal structure of the country by empowering the Border Security Force (BSF) in Punjab, West Bengal and Assam to conduct searches, seizures and arrests in a large area of 50 km instead of the existing 15 km from the International Border. termed an attack. Congress said that this is a disgusting attempt to eliminate the rights of the elected governments.
Party’s chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, “The Modi government has once again attacked the federal structure of the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has once again made a heinous attempt to end the rights of the elected governments in the country. With this decision, Modi ji has once again shown that dictatorship will rule in this country.
He asked, “What is the reason that in a state like Punjab, you take away the rights of the government of Punjab, the rights of the police in half of the area of 50,000 km, the rights of the police there, you do not even talk to the Chief Minister of Punjab? Will democracy, democracy, federal structure run like this in this country?’ He claimed that the political existence of the Modi government and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has ended in Punjab, so the rights of the elected Congress government are being attacked to find that lost political existence.
Surjewala said, “On June 9, 2021, 25,000 kg heroin is brought from Adani Mundra port, but no one is caught. Then on September 13, three thousand kilograms of narcotics are confiscated. There the range was 80 km, so why were the drugs not seized earlier? The Congress General Secretary also asked this question, ‘For 73 years this 15 km area is running under the jurisdiction of BSF. If nothing went wrong in 73 years, then what happened today?
The central government has amended the BSF Act to give it the power to conduct searches, seizures and arrests in a large area of 50 kms from the present 15 kms of the International Border in Punjab, West Bengal and Assam. At the same time, in the areas of Gujarat bordering Pakistan, this range has been reduced from 80 km to 50 km and in Rajasthan there has been no change in the area limit up to 50 km. The Union Home Ministry had issued a notification in this regard on October 11.