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Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde duirng a press conference in New Delhi. File photo; Shanker Chakravarty
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Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde duirng a press conference in New Delhi. File photo; Shanker Chakravarty

Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said on Monday that adequate security arrangements were in place for BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

His statement comes amid demands for giving the Gujarat Chief Minister the elite Special Protection Group (SPG) cover that is usually provided to serving and former Prime Ministers and their families.

Mr. Shinde was replying to journalists who asked him about the possibility of reviewing Mr. Modi’s security arrangements. Mr. Modi currently enjoys ‘Z-plus’ security, under which he is guarded by specially-trained commandos of the National Security Guard (NSG).

Mr. Shinde refused to divulge details about the ongoing investigation into the blasts in Bihar on Sunday. “It will be premature to say anything now,” he said.

He also declined to comment on reports that the Intelligence Bureau had alerted the Bihar police last week that Mr. Modi could be “targeted by rabid groups” following the Muzaffarnagar riots and the arrest of Indian Mujahideen founder Yasin Bhatkal.

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to amend the SPG Act to extend its security cover to “principal candidates for the post of Prime Minister in the elections in 2014.” He feared that Mr. Modi could be targeted in Congress-ruled States because of his continuing tirade against the party’s vice-president Rahul Gandhi.

Meanwhile, prominent Muslim outfit Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) has said that Sunday’s blasts could be the handiwork of communal forces to disturb communal harmony ahead of the elections. It cautioned the people against falling prey to the designs of such forces.

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Why hard working tax payer's money be used to protect the politicians who are the very cause of divisive environment? Why not politicians arrange their own security or be prepared to pay the price for their own misdeeds? Only President Of India & Prime Minister Of India should enjoy the security coverage by the tax payer's money. All other politicians (irrespective of their status)and political parties should arrange their own security at their own expenses. This is the only essence of creating a class-less democratic society where everybody is equal. A society where there is no V.I.P. (Very Important Person)

from:  Bharat
Posted on: Oct 29, 2013 at 07:23 IST

What is adequate - the security was adequate enough to show the Government's failure to contain terrorism time and time again - adequate enough to show the inefficiency and ineptness of our system - adequate enoough to show our careless and callous leaders

from:  dr Vasan
Posted on: Oct 29, 2013 at 06:59 IST

Of course one have to smell a dirty political trick on this incident as
all the blasts were low intensity ones and seems to be not intended to
harm Mr.Modi but distantly provide him with a political mileage in the
coming days.

from:  sajan
Posted on: Oct 28, 2013 at 20:27 IST

From the security lapses as well as indifference of the Bihar state
Govt as well as Central HM Sushil Shinde(Busy in dancing and acting at
a Bollywood show while AAM AADAMI was dying in Gandhi Maidan)indicates
these two Govts have no interest in security of Indians,and especially
BJP persons at the cost of displeasing outfits like IM.No doubt
Congress and JDU would not like Modi making a good show in Nitish's
den.Hence some people must have gone to the extent of facilitating
mayhem.BJP also should learn a lesson not to depend upon such back-
stabbers and try to have its own security in addition to Govt
security.From the actions of Congress and JDU in yesterday's havoc,if
something untoward happens in any rally,these thick-skinned ones will
have no harm in cheating the Indians by expressing shock verbally and
enjoying from within.

Posted on: Oct 28, 2013 at 18:58 IST

What you sow thy will reap. For coming to power and loot the country for their own and for their family is the motto of politicians of to day. Even "chai boys" are preferred over well mannered people just garner wealth. To achieve this they took the country and the people for a ride. Even medias fail to condemn the communalism casteism rowdyism etc and helpless state of affairs of the police. Violence should be condemned by one and all.

from:  M Rajendran
Posted on: Oct 28, 2013 at 17:03 IST

If 'Z Plus security cover has been provided to Mr. Narendra Modi, why basic security measures were not in place such as; metal detector check at all entry points, thorough security examination of the venue before the meeting; etc. It is evident that there were security lapses and the Centre and State Governments took time to condemn the blasts. It was significant that the meeting went ahead as planned and also the incident did not deter the crowd. Had this happened in any other political meeting of the UPA government, not sure what kind of hue and cry would have taken place.

from:  Partha
Posted on: Oct 28, 2013 at 16:57 IST
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