New Delhi : The Home Ministry is understood to have quietly increased the security of BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi at par with the country’s highest protection provided to the PM, though it won”t be extended by the Special Protection Group (SPG) created after the assassination of Indira Gandhi.
His security has been upgraded on the ground of the heightened risk to his life, a month after the terror attack on his Patna rally, on the basis of the Intelligence Bureau report that he is on the top of the hit-list of the Indian Mujahideen, the Home Ministry sources said.
The government had earlier rejected the BJP”s demand to provide the highest security to its PM candidate, but the orders have now gone out to all the states to increase his security, they said, adding that the number of the National Security Guard (NSG) personnel provided to protect him has been increased. In the same manner, the security of BJP patriarch Lal Krishna Advani has also been increased as he too has maximum threat from the terrorists.
At present, the SPG security cover is available to Prime Minister and his family members, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her children Rahul and Priyanka as also the latter”s children. The same SPG protection, which is reviewed every year, is also provided to Atal Bihari Vajpayee as the former prime minister and his adopted daughter.
Meanwhile Modi is taking a break from the public rallies for a fortnight after December 2 as the electioneering for the assembly elections end to devote his full time in planning the strategies for the Lok Sabha elections and providing his inputs to the Dr Murli Manohar Joshi-led manifesto committee and hold meetings with some 30 committees formed to look after various poll issues.