In the wake of the security issue involving party colleague and former MP, Navjot Singh Sidhu, senior BJP leader Laxmi Kanta Chawla has asked the Punjab government to define the rules and parameters followed by the government in providing security guards to political figures in the state.
The government may have restored the security cover to Sidhu but Chawla still chose to criticise the very decision to withdraw it. She alleged that Sidhu's security cover was withdrawn as the former MP had "exposed the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)" during the recent election campaign in Haryana.
She regretted that till date the state government had not defined the rules under which security is given to politicians.
"In the absence of any rules, even those 'netas' who were once involved in terrorism or those who once rubbed shoulders with terrorists, have been provided security guards by the government. Besides, even a junior-level 'neta' or worker of the ruling alliance is provided armed guards and a 'sarkari' vehicle fitted with a beacon and a hooter", she added.
Chawla further claimed that the government is quick in withdrawing the security cover of anyone who musters the courage to criticiae the government, as it happened in case of Sidhu. "Such a person may be on the hit list of terrorists, but the government does not bother about this", she added.
Chawla has demanded that the government make public the list of persons who have been provided security cover. This list should identify the persons who still continue to remain threatened by terrorists and those who exhibit their muscle power
with the help of their armed police guards.
"The government has no right to misuse police jawans as the police force survives on the tax payers money", she added.