Punjab Terror Siege: BJP requests opposition to avoid politics over national security issue; ruckus in Lok Sabha


The ongoing Gurdaspur terror siege created a ruckus in Lok Sabha on Monday as the government maintained that the home ministry would make a statement once the gunbattle is over.

“After the encounter is over the home ministry will make a statement. I would request the speaker to alow the home minister. We want to take the house into confidence,” Parliamentary Affairs Venkaiah Naidu said when the House reassembled after a short adjournment at noon.

Naidu was able to make the statement only amid a huge ruckus by opposition party Congress, which has been stalling Parliament for the last five days over the Vyapam and Lalitgate scams.

“This a matter of the country’s security,” said Prem Singh Chandumajra of the Shiromani Akali Dal while requesting that the Gurdaspur terror attacks be allowed to be discussed during the zero hour.

“I want the government to give a statement and there should be a discussion in the house and a resolution should be passed,” said SS Ahluwalia of BJP.

“This is a matter of national security. There should not be any politics over this,” Ahluwalia added.

Earlier, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had condemned the attack on Twitter, saying, “We strongly condemn cowardly attack on innocent people in Punjab. We are with the people of Punjab and hope that culprits would soon be nabbed.”

A Punjab police station in Dinanagar in Gurdaspur district this morning had been attacked by gunmen, who were wearing army uniform. As least 1 person has been reported killed and three injured in the attack with the gunfight still underway.

Tathagat Satpathy of the Biju Janata Dal said: “This (the attack) is a serious matter. This shows that in India, the threat of terror is perceptible. This is a time for all political parties to come together. India has to stand up as a country”.

CPI-M’s M Saleem said: “This is condemnable. The question is the kind of politics which is being practiced in Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir. The government should tell us.”

Meanwhile, Naidu said that the terror attack was a serious issue and the government at the Centre, which is in talks with the government in Punjab, will make a statement once the gunfight is over.