FORMER BJP MP Ramakant Yadav, who had unsuccessfully contested against SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls from Azamgarh, has alleged that the Union Ministry of Home Affairs was not considering his request for ‘Y’ plus security cover because he belonged to the backward caste.
Yadav had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and BJP national president Amit Shah seeking intervention in this regard.
His request for ‘Y’ plus category security is reportedly pending with the MHA since after he lost the Lok Sabha elections and the UP government withdrew the cover he enjoyed when he was the Azamgarh MP. He was the sitting MP from Azamgarh when he contested against Mulayam.
“The UP government was not in favour of giving security to controversial BJP MLA Sangeet Singh Som, but Union Home Ministry insisted on providing him security because Som belongs to the upper caste,” Yadav said.
He added that he has met Home Minister Rajnath Singh five times in this regard during the last one year but he is yet to be granted security. “Probably, my mistake is that I belong to the backward caste (Yadav). If I had belonged to the upper caste, I would have got security like others,” Yadav has written in the letter.
In the letter, Yadav has also said that his political rivals have increased after he contested against Mulayam in 2014. He claimed that Amit Shah had written to the Home Minister in May this year, stating that Ramakant Yadav was facing threats to life because of political rivalry and thus, should be provided Y-plus security.
“Neither the PM nor Shah were ignoring backwards castes, but there are some leaders in the party who favour upper castes and ignore backward castes,” Yadav said.
Yadav had won the Lok Sabha elections from Azamgarh in 1996 and 1999 as the SP candidate. He was elected from the same seat in 2004 on a BSP ticket and again in 2009 as a BJP candidate. Earlier, Yadav had won Assembly elections from Phulpur once as an independent and thrice as a SP nominee.