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Security cover of Fadnavis, Ram Naik, Raj Thackeray downgraded; BJP alleges political vendetta

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The Maharashtra government’s move led by Shiv Sena to downgrade the security coverage of former Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and his family, former UP Governor Ram Naik and MNS President Raj Thackeray, and withdraw security coverage the BJP head of state, Chandrakant Patil, has sparked accusations of “political vendetta”.

According to a government notification issued on January 8, the security covers of BJP leader and former CM Narayan Rane, Chandrakant Patil, and another BJP leader, Sudhir Mungantiwar, have been removed. Rane had ‘Y-plus’ security.

In reaction to the development, Fadnavis, who is the opposition leader in the state Legislative Assembly, said he was not concerned, but also claimed that the government was providing security on the “basis of politics.”

According to the notification, Fadnavis will now get ‘Y-plus Security with Escort’, instead of the ‘Z-plus’ cover.

The safety of his wife Amruta Fadnavis and daughter Divija has been downgraded from the category ‘Y-plus with escort’ to the category ‘X’.

Former Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik will now have “Y” coverage instead of “Y-plus”.

The security coverage of MNS chief Raj Thackeray has been downgraded from ‘Z’ to ‘And more with escort’.

Maharashtra BJP spokesperson Keshav Upadhye alleged that the security of Fadnavis and other BJP leaders was downgraded by “political vendetta”.

“The decision shows the kind of mindset the government has, and it is unfortunate. During the COVID-19 lockdown period, Fadnavis was traveling to one corner and corner of the state, while Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray was sitting at home.” , said. reclaimed.

Upadhye said Fadnavis was the first to reach Bhandara, where 10 babies died in a fire at a hospital on Saturday.

“Even if the entire security cover is removed, he (Fadnavis) will continue to travel the state and bring out the voice of the people,” said the BJP leader.

Fadnavis said he had not taken security when he was state president of the BJP.

He said he received security for the first time after becoming Prime Minister of Maharashtra (in 2014) and subsequently on the perceived threat after hanging (1993 Mumbai attacks convict) Yakub Memon and the action against the Naxalites.

“I feel that security should be based on the perception of threats, now the government is giving security to

the basis of politics. Some are getting more protection even when they don’t have a perceived threat, “he said.

“I am a people person and this does not affect my trips (schedules) to meet people,” added Fadnavis.

Rejecting Upadhye’s accusation, State Interior Minister Anil Deshmukh said in Nagpur that the decision to review the security coverage of various leaders and prominent personalities has been made based on perceived threat, regardless of political affiliations.

“A committee of five senior officers was created to review security and make a decision based on perceived threat,” he said.

BJP leader Narayan Rane, a former Shivsainik and fierce critic of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, said the state government would be responsible if anything happened to him.

Rane said the Mumbai police had given him security because he had a terrorist threat.

Sudhir Mungantiwar said he was given security due to the threat from Naxal.

“I am grateful to the government for removing my security coverage. This means that the Naxal threat does not exist. Our aim to highlight the voice of the people will be stronger,” he said.

Congress, which is one of the constituents of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, as well as the NCP, said it was the Narendra Modi government that acted out of “political revenge when it withdrew SPG security from the Gandhi family.”

In a statement, Maharashtra congressional spokesman Sachin Sawant said it was not the MVA government but the Modi regime that had acted with political vengeance.

“The BJP opposition is crying hoarsely over the degradation of the security of its leaders after the threat perception review. But the Gandhi family and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh were under threat, yet their security and staff were downgraded. “Sawant said.

The government, according to the notification, has improved the security of two people, down from 11, withdrawn from 16, while 13 new people have security coverage.

Among the new recruits for security are Sunetra Pawar, wife of Senior Deputy Minister of State Ajit Pawar, and Varun Sardesai, Secretary of Yuva Sena and nephew of Senior Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s wife, Rashmi Thackeray.

Both have been given ‘X’ security coverage

According to the notification, Union Minister Ramdas Athawale will only receive ‘Y-plus’ security instead of ‘Y-plus with escort’, while his colleague Raosaheb Danve’s ‘Y-plus’ coverage has been withdrawn. .

Danve is the MP for the Jalna BJP, while Athawale, whose RPI (A) is part of the NDA, is a MP for Rajya Sabha.

The government has also withdrawn security coverage on former minister Rajkumar Badole, BJP MLA members Prasad Lad and Ram Kadam, and former BJP MLA president Haribhau Bagade.

Former Mumbai Head of Congress Kripashankar Singh, who resigned from the party, and former BJP Minister Shobhatai Fadnavis, Devendra Fadnavis’ aunt, will also not enjoy the ‘X’ security category.

Former BJP Minister Ashish Shelar’s security has been downgraded from ‘Y-plus’ to ‘Y’.

The President of the State Legislative Council, Ramraje Naik Nimbalkar, and the Minister of Aid and Rehabilitation, Vijay Wadettiwar, will receive ‘Y-plus with escort’, while Shiv Sena MLA Vaibhav Naik, who had defeated Narayan Rane in the elections of the Assembly 2014, you will receive an ‘X’ security coverage.

Current state ministers Sandeepan Bhumre, Sunil Kedar, Dilip Walse Patil and Abdul Sattar, the opposition leader in the Pravin Darekar Council and the vice president of the State Assembly, Narhari Zhirwal, received the coverage of ‘Y’.

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