BJP seeks PM-like security for Narendra Modi; Centre says adequate cover given
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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has sought increased security for its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, whose recent rally at Gandhi Maidan in Patna was targeted through a series of bomb blasts by suspected Indian Mujahideen operatives.
According to reports, asserting that Modi's security is the responsibility of the Centre, the BJP Parliamentary board on Wednesday passed a resolution demanding that the Gujarat Chief Minister must be provided security which is at par with that of the Prime Minister.
Later, BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar accused the Centre of not taking Modi's security seriously. The BJP also hit out at the Nitish Kumar government in Bihar, charging them with ignoring the security at Gandhi Maidan on October 27.
Reacting to the demand of the BJP Parliamentary board, the Home Ministry has said that Modi has already been given full security, said reports.
Though the BJP has often voiced its demand for more security for Modi, the party has stepped up its demand now in the wake of the October 27 Patna serial blasts, which killed at least six people and injured several others.
The development comes almost a week after the Gujarat government decided to send around 25 police personnel from the state to provide extra security to Modi wherever he visited.
However, the Centre has already rejected the demand for SPG security for Modi, with Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde claiming that the BJP leader already had sufficient security. "Narendra Modi has been given sufficient security. He does not need the SPG security," Shinde had said.
Modi already has Z-plus security cover provided by the National Security Guard (NSG). At any point in time, 36 black cat commandos form an inner security cordon around him.