The Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) administration has responded to the Punjab and Haryana High Court, which heard a petition by former minister OP Soni, who is one of the 424 people whose protection has been revoked.
The Punjab government said today that security protection for around 420 VVIPs will be restored starting June 7, five days after musician Sidhu Moose Wala was shot dead and his security cover was revoked.
The administration of the Aam Aadmi Party, or AAP, informed the Punjab and Haryana High Court, which was hearing a case by former minister OP Soni, who is one of the 424 people whose security cover has been revoked.
Since the assassination of Sidhu Moose Wala, the Punjab administration, led by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, has been chastised for reducing protection for VVIPs.
In response to a question from the high court on why security coverage was reduced, the Punjab government stated it needed the security personnel for the anniversary of Operation Bluestar on June 6, which was a military offensive in June 1984 to clear terrorists who had dug in in the Golden Temple.
Following today’s court proceedings, the BJP quickly pointed out that the AAP, whose national leader Arvind Kejriwal is frequently portrayed as a leading anti-corruption figure, has reversed its position after citing the end of VIP culture as the reason for reducing security for hundreds of people in the border state.
“The Kejriwal-Mann team has failed again again. They rebutted their claim of eliminating VIP culture in Punjab in the high court, claiming that it was only a temporary retreat. Punjabis lost a precious life as a result of AAP Punjab’s cheap act. The youth of Punjab will never forgive them for their hypocrisy “Manjinder Singh Sirsa, a BJP politician, took to Twitter to express his displeasure.
In the midst of the BJP’s attacks, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh visited Delhi today and spoke with Mr Kejriwal. Mr Mann has announced the formation of a judicial committee to examine the murder of Sidhu Moose Wala, which would be led by a high court judge.
According to Punjab Police, the singer’s murder was the result of a gang feud. In an unsubstantiated Facebook post, a mobster from Canada claimed responsibility for the murder.
In a letter to Mr Mann, Sidhu Moose Wala’s father chastised his government for tying his son’s death to a gang war and demanded an apology from Punjab Police Chief.