Amid reports of some protesting farmers disconnecting the power supply to Jio mobile towers, BJP general secretary Tarun Chugh Saturday said the Congress government has failed to maintain law and order in the Punjab where “urban Naxal forces seem to be having a field day”.
“Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has completely failed to maintain law and order in the state,” Chugh said while asking if the chief minister “has connived with the Naxal forces to ensure the collapse of law and order” and create an environment of fear and terror in the state.
Chugh alleged that the state had lately been witnessing frequent incidents like blocking of roads and rail traffic, disrupting functioning of toll plazas and snapping of telecommunication lines “which indicate that disruptive forces have been at work and the state police has failed to control them”.
“The frequent targeting of BJP offices and party leaders in violent attacks has added a serious dimension to the law and order situation in Punjab,” he said.
“In the name of farmers’ agitation, Naxal forces have been let loose in the state,” the BJP leader added.
Chugh also urged farmer leaders to make sure that such disruptive elements did not defame the farmers’ cause and paralyse public services. “By not taking action against such elements, the chief minister seems to be pushing Punjab to become a state of red corridor, which has become a serious threat to peace in Punjab. The situation here is getting similar to what is seen in pockets of Chattisgarh and Jharkhand where public properties are targeted by the Naxals,” he said.
The BJP general secretary also urged the Union home ministry to keep an eye on such developments in the northern state.
(With inputs from PTI)
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