Centre withdraws Z+ security for former alliance leader

Weeks after split with Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), the Centre withdrew the Z+ category security cover of former minister and senior Akali leader Bikram Singh Majithia.

Condemning the decision, the SAD termed it as “arbitrary, dictatorial and politically motivated” saying Bikram Majithia’s security cover had been withdrawn because the SAD stood firmly with farmers against the central Agricultural laws.

SAD had voted against the central farm Bills in parliament besides quitting the union cabinet and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

“It is clear that Majithia is a victim of political vendetta. The SAD, however, will not be cowed down by such tactics and will continue to stand with farmers and Punjabis against the central laws as well as any other issue which weakens the federal structure or is intrinsically anti-Punjab.

The SAD has a 100-year-old history of standing up to safeguard the rights of the farmers and the poor and downtrodden. It will never shirk away from this responsibility”, the statement read.

He further said that Z + category security cover had been given to Majithia in 2010 during UPA rule on the basis of threat perception.