Updated: January 7, 2022 1:00:15 am
A day after farm protesters breached his cavalcade route in Punjab to leave him stranded on a flyover for 15-20 minutes, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a 30-minute meeting Thursday with President Ram Nath Kovind who sought a “first-hand account” of the developments.
The meeting took place around the time Union Ministers, Chief Ministers and BJP leaders held prayers and recited mantras to pray for the long life of the Prime Minister.
A day earlier, after protesters breached the PM’s security cordon in Punjab, the BJP had attacked the Congress and its government in the state, accusing them of creating a situation “where the Prime Minister is brought to harm”.
President Ram Nath Kovind met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Rashtrapati Bhavan today and received from him a first-hand account of the security breach in his convoy in Punjab yesterday. The President expressed his concerns about the serious lapse. pic.twitter.com/lzvAuriuGb
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) January 6, 2022
President Kovind, sources said, contacted Modi Wednesday itself over phone after the incident in Punjab and invited him to Rashtrapati Bhavan.
“President Ram Nath Kovind met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Rashtrapati Bhavan today and received from him a first-hand account of the security breach in his convoy in Punjab yesterday. The President expressed his concerns about the serious lapse,” the President of India said in a Twitter post.
A government source said: “The Prime Minister briefed the President about what he experienced and how it happened. It was a one-on-one meeting.”
Later, Modi, in a Twitter post, said: “Called on Rashtrapati Ji. Thankful to him for his concern. Grateful for his good wishes, which are always a source of strength.”
Sources said the President expressed concern over the incident, noting “it was not an ordinary security lapse or breach. What the Prime Minister has is a constitutionally-mandated security and there’s a lot of detailing and preparation for it”.
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said protocols should be followed “in letter and spirit” when it comes to the security of the Prime Minister.
“There are specific protocols for the security of the Hon’ble Prime Minister, the Leader of the House in the Lok Sabha, which must be ensured in letter and spirit. It is necessary to make elaborate arrangements as per the standards at all levels during their visits,” Birla said on Twitter.
BJP leaders, who had attacked the Congress and its government in Punjab for allegedly constructing “a scenario where the Prime Minister is brought to harm,” conducted special prayers in temples across the country for his safety and well-being.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan prayed for the long life of the Prime Minister and chanted the Mahamrityunjaya mantra at Bhopal’s Gufa (cave) temple. The mantra was also chanted at the Mahakaleshwar and Omkareshwar temples and other important temples in the state for his safety.
Visuals posted on social media showed the Chief Minister and BJP leaders reciting the mantra.
Chouhan’s counterpart in Tripura, Biplab Kumar Deb also chanted the Mahamrityunjaya mantra for the long life of the Prime Minister. “Visited Meher Kalibari temple today, offered prayers to Maa Kali and performed Shiva Linga Abhishek. May Maa Kali and Bholenath bless the son of Maa Bharati, our beloved Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi Ji with longevity,” he tweeted.
Mahamrityunjaya mantra is from the Rig Veda and the devout believe it has the power to ensure one’s physical well-being and longevity.
On Twitter, the BJP leaders posted tweets with the hashtag #LongLivePMModi and ModiJiJiyoHazaroSaal.
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan chanted the mantra and said “the prayers of 135 crore countrymen and the blessings of Mahadev himself” were with the Prime Minister.
Union Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted the mantra with a photograph of Modi clad in a saffron robe, meditating in a cave in Kedarnath. Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia attached a video of the mantra rendition to his tweet.
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