The shiv Sena-led Maharashtra authorities’s transfer to downgrade the safety cover of former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and his household, ex-UP governor Ram Naik and MNS president Raj Thackeray, and to withdraw the safety cover of state BJP chief Chandrakant Patil, has evoked the allegations of “political vendetta”.
As per a authorities notification issued on January 8, the safety covers of BJP chief and former CM Narayan Rane, Chandrakant Patil and one other senior BJP chief Sudhir Mungantiwar have been withdrawn. Rane had ‘Y-plus’ safety.
Reacting to the event, Fadnavis, who’s the Leader of Opposition within the state Legislative Assembly, stated he was not fearful but additionally alleged that the federal government was giving safety on the “basis of politics”.
As per the notification, Fadnavis will now get ‘Y-plus safety with escort’, as an alternative of the ‘Z-plus’ cover.
The safety of his spouse Amruta Fadnavis and daughter Divija has been downgraded from ‘Y-plus with escort’ to ‘X’ class.
Former Uttar Pradesh governor Ram Naik will now get ‘Y’ cover as an alternative of ‘Y-plus’.
MNS chief Raj Thackeray’s safety cover has been downgraded from ‘Z’ to ‘Y plus with escort’.
Maharashtra BJP spokesman Keshav Upadhye alleged that the safety of Fadnavis and different BJP leaders was downgraded out of “political vendetta”.
“The decision shows what kind of a mindset the government has, and it is unfortunate. During the COVID-19 lockdown period, Fadnavis was travelling to the nook and corner of the state, while Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray was sitting at home,” he claimed.
Upadhye stated Fadnavis was the primary to succeed in Bhandara the place 10 infants died in fireplace at a hospital on Saturday.
“Even if the entire security cover is removed, he (Fadnavis) would continue to travel in the state and highlight the voice of the people,” the BJP chief stated.
Fadnavis stated he had not taken safety when he was the state BJP president.
He stated he acquired safety for the primary time after turning into the chief minister of Maharashtra (in 2014) and subsequently, on the menace notion after the hanging of (1993 Mumbai blasts convict) Yakub Memon and motion in opposition to Naxalites.
“I really feel safety must be given on the idea of menace notion, now the federal government is giving safety on
the idea of politics. Some are getting elevated safety even when there isn’t a menace notion to them,” he stated.
“I am a people’s person and this doesn’t impact my travel (schedules) to meet people,” Fadnavis added.
Rejecting Upadhye’s cost, state Home Minister Anil Deshmukh stated in Nagpur that the the choice to assessment the safety cover of a number of leaders and distinguished personalities has been taken as per the menace notion, irrespective of political affiliations.
“A committee of five senior officers was set up to review the security and take a decision as per the threat perception,” he stated.
BJP chief Narayan Rane, a former Shivsainik and fierce critic of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, stated the state authorities can be accountable if something occurs to him.
Rane stated he had been given safety by the Mumbai Police as a result of he had a menace from terrorists.
Sudhir Mungantiwar stated he was given safety on account of Naxal menace.
“I thank the government for withdrawing my security cover. This means the Naxal threat doesn’t exist. Our aim to highlight people’s voice will be more stronger,” he stated.
The Congress, which is one of the constituents within the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) authorities, in addition to the NCP, stated it was the Narendra Modi authorities which had acted out of “political vendetta when it withdrew SPG security to the Gandhi family”.
In an announcement, Maharashtra Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant stated it was not the MVA authorities however the Modi regime which had acted of political vindictiveness.
“The opposition BJP is crying hoarse over downgrading of security to their leaders after review of threat perception. But the Gandhi family and former PM Manmohan Singh were under threat, still their security and staff was downgraded, ” Sawant stated.
The authorities, as per the notification, has upgraded the safety of two individuals, downgraded of 11, withdrawn of 16, whereas 13 new folks have gotten safety cover.
Prominent among the many new individuals to get safety are Sunetra Pawar, spouse of state Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, and Varun Sardesai, secretary of the Yuva Sena and nephew of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s spouse Rashmi Thackeray.
Both have been given ‘X’ safety cover.
As per the notification, Union minister Ramdas Athawale will get solely ‘Y-plus’ safety as an alternative of the ‘Y-plus with escort’, whereas his colleague Raosaheb Danve’s ‘Y-plus’ cover has been withdrawn.
Danve is the BJP MP from Jalna whereas Athawale, whose RPI (A) is a component of the NDA, is a Rajya Sabha MP.
The authorities has additionally withdrawn the safety cover of former minister Rajkumar Badole, BJP MLAs Prasad Lad and Ram Kadam, and former speaker and BJP MLA Haribhau Bagade.
Former Mumbai Congress chief Kripashankar Singh, who stop the occasion, and BJP’s former minister Shobhatai Fadnavis, an aunt of Devendra Fadnavis, can even not benefit from the ‘X’ class safety.
The safety of BJP’s former minister Ashish Shelar has been downgraded from ‘Y-plus’ to ‘Y’.
State Legislative Council Chairman Ramraje Naik Nimbalkar and Relief and Rehabilitation minister Vijay Wadettiwar will get ‘Y-plus with escort’, whereas Shiv Sena MLA Vaibhav Naik, who had defeated Narayan Rane within the 2014 Assembly polls, will get ‘X’ safety cover.
Current state ministers Sandeepan Bhumre, Sunil Kedar, Dilip Walse Patil and Abdul Sattar, Leader of Opposition within the Council Pravin Darekar and state Assembly’s Deputy Speaker Narhari Zhirwal have been given ‘Y’ cover.