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Harish Rawat Faces Flak Over 'Which Bomb Would Have Exploded' Remark, Says His Comments Twisted

Harish Rawat
Dehradun: Facing flak over his 'which bomb would've exploded due to 30 minute delay' remark about security breach during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Punjab earlier this week, Congress leader Harish Rawat on Friday said that his comments had been twisted.
"My statement ('had there been a 30 minutes delay, which bomb would have exploded?') was twisted. I said that after Prime Minister's plan changed, the central and state agencies should have sanitized the route and if the programme had gotten late by 30 minutes, 'kaunsa aasman toot padta?" Rawat, a former Uttarakhand Chief Minister, told ANI.
"It was a figure of speech. I said this considering the Prime Minister's safety. Such things can be said in matters like these," he added. Rawat, who has been AICC-incharge of Punjab, had commented on the security lapse on Thursday. "If there was change in travel plan, why did the SPG and other central agencies senitise the route along with state agencies. If there was delay of 30 minutes, which bomb would have exploded, what wonder would have happened," he had told reporters.
Uttarakhand BJP leaders have slammed Rawat for his remarks.
Union Home Ministry has sought a report from the Punjab Government on the security breach during the Prime Minister's visit to Punjab on Wednesday.
The Prime Minister's convoy was stuck on a flyover for 15-20 minutes due to road blockage by some protestors about 30 km away from the National Martyrs Memorial in Hussainiwala. The Prime Minister was to visit Ferozepur and lay the foundation stone of multiple development projects worth more than Rs 42,750 crore.
Congress leaders continue to speak in different voices on the security breach.
Former Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jhakhar has said that a secure passage for the Prime Minister of India to address BJP's political rally in Ferozpur should have been ensured.
"What has happened today is just not acceptable. It's against Panjabiyat," he had said in tweet hours after the security breach.  —ANI