Raje, who had been at the receiving end of the opposition parties for her upscale lifestyle during her previous tenure, has now scaled down her security by half, promised to stop at red lights with common commuters and said no to the luxurious chief ministerial bungalow, sources close to her said.
A few days back, she had asked the state’s Director General of Police (DGP) Omendra Bhardwaj to scale down her security.
“In her directions, she asked the police chief to depute the hundreds of policemen, who would be relieved of her security duty, in service of the common men,” a senior police officer told IANS.
Raje is of the view that she would be more accessible to the common man if the security is reduced, the officer added.
Apart from the security, another gesture from Raje to be among the masses was her decision not to move into the sprawling chief minister’s bungalow in Civil Lines area here.
“She has decided to stay in her comparatively much smaller government residence at 13, Civil Lines,” said a senior state government official, who preferred not to be named.