Bihar asks Centre to review NSG cover to Rabri Devi
The Nitish Kumar government believes the decision of the centre to give NSG cover to Rabri was a 'suo motu decision' taken without consulting it, reports Anirban Guha Roy.Updated: Feb 09, 2007, 00:09 IST
The NSG cover given to the leader of the opposition Rabri Devi has once again set the stage for a confrontation between the RJD and the NDA government with the State Home Department demanding review of the decision.
The Nitish Kumar government believes the decision of the centre to give NSG cover to Rabri was a 'suo motu decision' taken without consulting it. Home secretary Afzal Amanullah said the state government was already providing adequate security to Rabri Devi as per the norms laid down for the former chief ministers.
"The fact of the matter is that the state government has deployed 195 security personnel for the security of Railway Minister Lalu Prasad and leader of the Opposition Rabri Devi. One company of CRPF has been totally deployed for railway minister's security. Besides, the special branch in consultation with the central agencies makes a periodic review of security cover of both Rabri and Lalu," he added.
Amanullah said the government was not averse to giving NSG cover to Rabri but it would put a big burden on the state exchequer in terms of bulletproof cars, wireless sets and furnished houses. "So, the government has asked the centre for a review of the decision taking into account the cost," he added.
However, RJD's national spokesperson Shyam Rajak at a press conference criticised the Nitish Government for demanding a review of the decision. "Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is envious that he does not have NSG cover. So, he does not want the NSG cover to be given to Rabri Devi," he said adding that Rabri being a mass leader had high threat perception especially from the outlawed Ranveer Sena.
He also threatened to launch an agitation on the issue soon.