Chandigarh October 13, 2021 (Yes Punjab News)
SAD Today described the move to hand over almost half of the state to the BSF as “ the imposition of the President’s rule through the back door in nearly half of Punjab. This virtually turns the state into a de facto Union territory. This devious attempt to place the state directly under the central rule must and will be opposed. “
In a statement here, senior Akali leader and former minister Dr Daljit Singh Cheema said that this was at the same time a frontal assault on the federal principle through highly questionable misuse of constitutional provisions. He said that it was shocking that the BSF has been given sweeping powers divesting the state police of even the normal policing duties.
“ As per the constitution, only the state government can call out the central forces to aid and assist the state administration. The Center cannot thrust these forces on the state without a formal request from the state government’s said Dr Cheema,
The Akali leader also called upon the Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi to come clean on the state government’s stand on the sensitive issue.EOM