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BJP failed in ensuring national security: AAP after Khalistan flags at Himachal Pradesh Assembly gate

After Khalistan flags were found put up at the Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly entrance, the AAP on Sunday slammed the BJP, asking how will its government save the people of the country when it failed in ensuring national security.

Either the BJP government at the Centre and Himachal Pradesh were “completely incompetent” or the saffron party was “hand in glove with the Khalistanis” that someone could walk away after tying Khalistani flags at the gate of the state assembly complex despite being it at the helm, the Arvind Kejriwal-led party charged.

Taking to Twitter, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that the putting up of the Khalistan flags outside the gate of Himachal Pradesh Assembly building in Dharamshala was a complete failure of the the BJP government in dealing with the matter pertaining to national security and keeping the respect of the people of the hill state.

The flags were put up on the outer side of the main gate number one of the state assembly complex, which have now been removed by the administration. Pro-Khalistan slogans were also found on the walls of the Assembly complex. The walls have been painted again.

“BJP is trying to save one goon and Khalistani left putting up flags there (at the gate of Himachal Pradesh Assembly complex,” Mr. Sisodia tweeted in Hindi, taking a dig at the ruling BJP.

Mr. Sisodia apparently referred as goon Delhi BJP leader Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga who was arrested by a team of Punjab Police on Friday from his residence in the national capital in connection with a case registered in Mohali but brought back by the Delhi police same day later after a high-voltage drama which drew police of three states and kicked up a slugfest between the AAP and the BJP.

“The government which cannot save the Legislative Assembly, how will it save the people. This is a matter of Himachal's respect, security of the country. The BJP government has completely failed,” Mr. Sisodia said in his tweet.

The AAP called the incident “a shame on the BJP”, saying someone could walk away putting up Khalistani flags at the entrance of the Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly despite the saffron party being at the helm, both in the state and at the Centre.

“Shame on BJP! Their government in Himachal, their government at the Centre. Yet someone leaves putting up Khalistani flag at Legislative Assembly, which means either they are completely incompetent or they are hand in glove with Khalistanis,” the party said in tweeted in Hindi.

In the run up in the assembly polls in Himachal Pradesh later this year, the AAP recently found itself at the centre of a controversy after the BJP accused the Arvind Kejriwal-led party's social media in-charge in the hill state Harpreet Singh Bedi of openly supporting the Khalistan referring to a series of his tweets posted on the microblogging site few years ago.

Acting swiftly on the BJP's allegations, the AAP expelled Mr. Bedi from all posts in the party over his alleged pro-Khalistani tweets, saying that the views expressed by him in his posts on the micro-blogging site were “against the Aam Aadmi Party's ideology”.

Buoyed by its landslide victory in neighbouring Punjab, the AAP is gearing up to contest on all seats in the upcoming assembly polls in Himachal Pradesh later this year.


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