Tensions between the BJP and Akali Dal increased after PM Modi became upset at Sukhbir Badal on stage. The video has gone viral on social networks but many are taking guesses at what actually occurred. What happened was a protester began shouting from the crowd loudly causing PM Modi’s speech to be cut short by about 10 minutes.
A woman shouted slogans when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was speaking on the stage at the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Rs 926-crore New AIIMS in Bathinda on Friday. Separately, at the same function, a head constable on duty outside the VVIP gate complained of being abused by a minister and his supporters. The woman, Gurjinder Kaur, was upset over being duped of Rs 1.5 lakh that she had invested in a Barnala-based chit fund. She shouted “yeh sab jhoot hai”, as Modi was was speaking about how transitioning towards a cashless economy would benefit the poor.
Immediately, Shiromani Akali Dal supporters stood in front of Kaur with a flex banner procaliming “Punjab Sarkar Zindabad” before she was dragged out of the pandal by women cops, who even closed her mouth with their hands to prevent her from talking to the media.
Kaur was taken away in a police vehicle and released after the PM left. SSP Bathinda Swapan Sharma said Kaur was upset because she had lost her money and hence had stood up for a moment. The police said she had been allowed to go home. Kaur managed to shout that she would speak “in 2017”, an allusion to the Punjab polls.
Modi wound up his 22-minute speech soon after. Those in the audience could see him saying something to deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, the body language suggesting he was not happy, while Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal stood behind smiling.
Modi became upset at Sukhbir Badal over what was occurring in the crowd as the woman was being taken away by the police. Sukhbir Badal can be seen looking back and forth at the crowd to see whether the situation was under control. Another reason for the anger appears to have been not enough people in the crowd.