New Delhi, Nov 17: The Congress on Saturday asked the central government to provide CISF security and protection to Punjab MLA Navjot Singh Sidhu citing ‘growing threat perception to his life’.
In this regard, party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala wrote to Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
The Congress said that Sidhu has always been a high-risk target as he has held campaigns against drug mafia and criminals in the state.
Congress leader Randeep Surjewala writes to Home Minister Rajnath Singh seeking CISF security for Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu citing 'growing threat perception to his life'. pic.twitter.com/eDaOAfid1G
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“Navjot Singh Sidhu has taken on Akali Dal (Badal) and also their anti-people policies, besides exposing the unholy nexus between the Akal Dal (Badal) and certain criminal elements on numerous occasions,” the letter said.
The letter further stated that the threats against Sidhu had increased after he resigned from the Bharatiya Janata Party and joined the Congress last year.
“As a result of his highly visible profile and political campaign, he has always been a high-risk target. However, there has been a marked escalation in these threats since S. Sidhu left the BJP and joined the Indian National Congress”.
In his letter to Home Ministery, Surjewala also said that through the Punjab Sidhu has been given adequate security, they cannot do so across the country.
“S. Sidhu is travelling extensively throughout the country during elections as also on other Party programmes on a regular basis. While the State of Punjab has provided him with adequate security, Punjab Police personnel cannot be assigned the responsibility of security in rest of India”.