Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday asked Punjab chief electoral officer (CEO) V K Singh to withdraw police security provided to him.
“During my tours, I have found a large number of police personnel deployed for my security, which is not required. I want the security withdrawn,” Kejriwal, who has been campaigning in Punjab, wrote to the CEO.
While drawing “urgent attention” of the CEO towards, what he termed, an important issue concerning the “safety and security of the people of Punjab”, Kejriwal said: “Our clear position is that given the poor law and order situation of Punjab, all this security apparatus should be deployed for the safety and security of people of the state.”
Kejriwal said that AAP candidates had already clarified that they did not require security provided to them in the run-up to the February 4 assembly elections.
“I request you to take a quick decision to restore the confidence of people of the state during the crucial period of elections,” he said.
A spokesperson for the CEO said Kejriwal’s letter was forwarded to the Punjab director general of police (DGP) for appropriate action.
Officials said security had to be provided to Kejriwal as he is the chief minister of Delhi.
On January 18, Punjab additional DGP V K Bhawra said certain candidates, including some AAP nominees, declined security cover.
Police provides three security personnel to each candidate of a political party and two to the others.
The AAP is locked in a triangular tussle in Punjab against the Congress and the SAD-BJP. The AAP is contesting 112 seats, while its ally, Lok Insaf Party led by the Ludhiana-based Bains brothers, have fielded five candidates.
(WITH AGENCY INPUTS)