April 20, 2021

Safety cowl of Fadnavis, Ram Naik, Raj Thackeray downgraded; BJP alleges political vendetta

Devendra Fadnavis/FILE IMAGE
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Devendra Fadnavis/FILE IMAGE

The shiv Sena-led Maharashtra authorities’s transfer to downgrade the safety cowl of former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and his family, ex-UP governor Ram Naik and MNS president Raj Thackeray, and to withdraw the safety cowl 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of BJP chief and former CM Narayan Rane, Chandrakant Patil and one other senior BJP chief Sudhir Mungantiwar have been withdrawn.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 Chief of Opposition within the state Legislative Meeting, mentioned he was not anxious but in addition alleged that the federal government was giving safety on the “foundation of politics”.

As per the notification, Fadnavis will now get ‘Y-plus safety with escort’, as a substitute of the ‘Z-plus’ cowl.

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’ cowl as a substitute of ‘Y-plus’.

MNS chief Raj Thackeray’s safety cowl 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 choice exhibits what sort of a mindset the federal government has, and it’s unlucky. Through the COVID-19 lockdown interval, Fadnavis was travelling to the nook and nook of the state, whereas Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray was sitting at dwelling,” he claimed.

Upadhye mentioned Fadnavis was the primary to achieve Bhandara the place 10 infants died in hearth at a hospital on Saturday.

“Even when the whole safety cowl is eliminated, he (Fadnavis) would proceed to journey within the state and spotlight the voice of the folks,” the BJP chief mentioned.

Fadnavis mentioned he had not taken safety when he was the state BJP president.

He mentioned he obtained safety for the primary time after changing 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 needs to be given on the premise of menace notion, now the federal government is giving safety on

the premise of politics. Some are getting elevated safety even when there is no such thing as a menace notion to them,” he mentioned.

“I’m a folks’s particular person and this does not impression my journey (schedules) to fulfill folks,” Fadnavis added.

Rejecting Upadhye’s cost, state Dwelling Minister Anil Deshmukh mentioned in Nagpur that the the choice to assessment the safety cowl of a number of leaders and distinguished personalities has been taken as per the menace notion, regardless of political affiliations.

“A committee of 5 senior officers was set as much as assessment the safety and take a choice as per the menace notion,” he mentioned.

BJP chief Narayan Rane, a former Shivsainik and fierce critic of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, mentioned the state authorities could be accountable if something occurs to him.

Rane mentioned he had been given safety by the Mumbai Police as a result of he had a menace from terrorists.

Sudhir Mungantiwar mentioned he was given safety as a consequence of Naxal menace.

“I thank the federal government for withdrawing my safety cowl. This implies the Naxal menace would not exist. Our goal to spotlight folks’s voice will probably be extra stronger,” he mentioned.

The Congress, which is among the constituents within the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) authorities, apart from the NCP, mentioned it was the Narendra Modi authorities which had acted out of “political vendetta when it withdrew SPG safety to the Gandhi family”.

In a press release, Maharashtra Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant mentioned 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 safety to their leaders after assessment of menace notion. However the Gandhi family and former PM Manmohan Singh had been underneath menace, nonetheless their safety and workers was downgraded, ” Sawant mentioned.

The federal government, as per the notification, has upgraded the safety of two individuals, downgraded of 11, withdrawn of 16, whereas 13 new folks have gotten safety cowl.

Distinguished 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.

Each have been given ‘X’ safety cowl.

As per the notification, Union minister Ramdas Athawale will get solely ‘Y-plus’ safety as a substitute of the ‘Y-plus with escort’, whereas his colleague Raosaheb Danve’s ‘Y-plus’ cowl has been withdrawn.

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

The federal government has additionally withdrawn the safety cowl 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 celebration, and BJP’s former minister Shobhatai Fadnavis, an aunt of Devendra Fadnavis, may also 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 Aid 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 Meeting polls, will get ‘X’ safety cowl.

Present state ministers Sandeepan Bhumre, Sunil Kedar, Dilip Walse Patil and Abdul Sattar, Chief of Opposition within the Council Pravin Darekar and state Meeting’s Deputy Speaker Narhari Zhirwal have been given ‘Y’ cowl.