Mumbai: The BJP’s Punjab unit has decided to boycott the Punjab government called an all-party meeting to discuss the recent extension of BSF (Border Security Force) jurisdiction, stating that the state government is trying to politicise the issue.
“The government used to review these decisions on a regular basis and BJP will never compromise on national security. The state government is attempting to politicise the BSF jurisdiction issue so the BJP has decided to boycott the meeting,” the Punjab state BJP General Secretary Dr Subhash Sharma.
Meanwhile, Senior BJP Leader Manoranjan Kalia has alleged that the Congress government in Punjab has not delivered the promises that they made in the manifesto.
“During the all-party meeting, the Congress government should discuss the party manifesto,” said Kalia.
“BSF is a concurrent list subject. Along with the BSF, the Punjab Police can also carry out searches and register cases. The drones are used to smuggle weapons and drugs and to stop these illegal activities, the jurisdiction of BSF has been widened,” added Kalia.
He further said, “There is no confrontation between the BSF and the state police and materials seized during the search operation will be handed over to the police.”
The Ministry of Home Affairs empowered the BSF to conduct searches, arrest suspects and make seizures up to an area of 50 km inside Indian territory from the International Border (IB) along India-Pakistan and India-Bangladesh borders, without any hurdle or further permission either from central or state governments.
Earlier, the BSF was only empowered to take action up to 15 kilometres in the states of Punjab, West Bengal and Assam.