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Updated: January 11, 2014 02:02 IST

Unknown to him, Kejriwal being given security: Shinde

Gargi Parsai
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Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde
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Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde

Mr. Shinde said that it was the "duty" of the government and the Home Ministry to take care of the security of VVIPs and others based on threat perception.

Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Friday disclosed that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was being provided security by the Central government “without his knowledge and despite his repeated rejection of it.” Mr. Shinde was speaking to reporters during his monthly press briefing.

Asked about providing security to the AAP leader in the wake of the attack on the party head office in Kaushambi (Ghaziabad) recently, Mr. Shinde said that it was the “duty” of the government and the Home Ministry to take care of the security of VVIPs and others based on threat perception. Mr. Shinde said security agencies had asked Mr. Kejriwal thrice and he refused twice. Even so, the Delhi Police Commissioner had spoken to the Ghaziabad Superintendent of Police to provide security to the Chief Minister as he lives in his area and also because the AAP headquarters is located there. The Delhi Police are under the Central government as Delhi has not been accorded full statehood.

“I face no threat”

Mr. Kejriwal, who was simultaneously addressing a press meet to announce the launching of a nationwide free membership drive, declared that there was no threat to his life.

“I have a long life-line, I do not need security,” he said displaying his palm to journalists when asked about the offer of ‘Z’ security by the Uttar Pradesh government.

The State’s offer came in the wake of Wednesday’s attack over AAP leader Prashant Bhushan’s remark suggesting a referendum in Kashmir on the Army’s presence.

The Chief Minister declared that in the first phase, the party was targeting a membership of one crore citizens by January 26. “We have devised five easy ways for people to join the party and the Rs. 10 membership fee has been scrapped,” Mr. Kejriwal said.

The membership drive would be through the party website, through SMS, missed calls, a door-to-door drive and through voter ID cards.

In fact, in the first three hours of his announcement, 47,500 people logged on to the AAP website for membership and 1,950 registered through mobile phones.

Answering questions, Mr. Kejriwal said television journalist Asutosh was joining the party but he was not sure if activist Medha Patkar would come. Ms. Patkar had been sounded by Yogendra Yadav but she had not made up her mind yet.

On former colleague and IPS officer Kiran Bedi’s support for the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Mr. Kejriwal said: “What can I say? It is a free country.” AAP leaders Gopal Rai and Pankaj Gupta said only one membership request would be allowed from a particular mobile number.

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A reader has compared Mr. Kejriwal with Mahatma Gandhi. We are very
often driven with impulsive reactions rather than actual facts. Mr.
Kejriwal may be good; but it is too early to say that. He must be
given time at least up to the next parliament elections before we
write a judgement. Many in the past have started with such stunts. Mr.
M.G. Ramachandran told that a new building will be opened by the mason
who built it and Ms. Jayalalitha was the first to receive petitions
directly from public way back during her first tenure, which Mr.
Kejriwal is experimenting now. The fate of all these is for every one
to see. Our people also constructed temples to Mr. Dhoni on his team's
success and stoned his house when the team lost. We should learn to
control our reactions based on actual and sensible achievements.

from:  D. Darwin Albert Raj
Posted on: Jan 11, 2014 at 19:20 IST

To me Kejriwal is a REINCARNATION of Mahatma Gandhi in many ways. He's here to
get rid of neo-colonial rule by WOGS who live with the same style as the British
occupiers did in olden days, in fancy mansions, far removed from the needs and
aspirations of us brown Indians. Gandhi called for civil disobedience and Kejriwal
tells people to burn up their unaffordable electric bills. His willingness to take the
broom to clean the country of dirty corruption is like Gandhi going around cleaning
toilets to show people the importance of cleanliness..and the saying
goes..cleanliness is next to godliness! Gimmick or not, his face radiates through TV
channels with simplicity and honesty and a natural Krishna like mischievousness.
Like the Mahatma, Kejriwal has our beautiful BROWN skin, unlike the white skin
HYPES of the other 2 major parties. Mahatma travelled by train 3rd class, which
unknown to him was filled with security guards in plainclothes! Nice to know Kejriwal
is secured the same way too

from:  angeli alvares
Posted on: Jan 11, 2014 at 16:28 IST

Dumb Shinde again. Now the fact is no longer unknown to AK!!

from:  Sumit
Posted on: Jan 11, 2014 at 14:52 IST

Security of Surveillance by congress loyalist ?

from:  Rahul
Posted on: Jan 11, 2014 at 13:52 IST

There was a martial arts program on TV, in that two fighters fight. The person A turns to person B after first exchange of punches, he asks person B to be careful of next punch.
Person B calmly says - you are dead, you just don't know it yet. And then person A falls down feeling the pain from the punch thrown a full minute ago.
Mr. Shinde it seems was very much impressed by that TV show. He is saying - you have been given security, you just don't know it yet. After some days he will say - you have been traveling in red light cars, you just don't know it yet. And after an year (if he is around) he might even say - you were bribed, you just don't know it yet.

from:  raman
Posted on: Jan 11, 2014 at 00:43 IST

The home minister is following the same procedure followed earlier in the case of VIP's in India during the past several years. The writer recalls an incident during PANDITJI's regime. Panditji was on a south Indian tour, when Kamaraj was the CM of Tamiladu. The Incident happened near Salem. The Prime minister, with Kamaraj by his side was moving In an open car. Late Madambath Krishna Menon I P, was the IG of the state and he with Full force was behind the motorcade. At one stage Pm looked back and he saw the police force behind him. He immediately asked the driver to stop the car and asked the CM, whether they were on the move to invade a country. The IG appeared before the PM and Cm, and Panditji repeated the same question to IG. The security provided was based on The Home ministry's instructions, Mr menon replied. Panditji asked the driver to proceed. Delhi CM might refuse security, but the VIP's should be guarded.

from:  C p Chandra das
Posted on: Jan 10, 2014 at 20:42 IST
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