Harsimrat ties rakhis to BSF men, says SAD dharnas last yr not targeted at them

  • HT Correspondent, Attari (Amritsar)
  • Updated: Aug 18, 2016 00:56 IST
Union minister for food processing Harsimrat Kaur Badal tying rakhi to BSF trooper. (Photo: Twitter)

Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Wednesday celebrated Raksha Bandhan with Border Security Force (BSF) personnel at Attari border.

All praises for the troops deployed there, Harsimrat said dharnas organised by the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in border areas last year were not targeted against them.

“The dharnas were against anti-social elements that are being funded and supported by enemies sitting across the border. I am happy the Centre has strengthened borders in the past two years,” she said.

Many SAD leaders, including chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, have held the BSF responsible for cross-border smuggling of narcotics, while claiming there are “black sheep” in the force.

Questioned on this, Harsimrat said: “The issue should not be given a political colour... Due to our jawans, we are safe. It is because of their sacrifices, the country is moving ahead.” The Union minister also gave credit to the state government for record seizures of narcotics smuggled from across the border and busting of many modules engaged in it.

Earlier, Harsimrat tied rakhis to BSF deputy inspector general (DIG), Amritsar sector, JS Oberoi and other officers and jawans. “It’s an honour for me to celebrate the festival with my brothers deployed at the border,” she said. Participating in a cultural programme on the zero line, the minister also surprised everyone by singing Lata Mangeshkar’s “Ae Mere Watan Ke Logo”.

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