Following an attack on BJP national president JP Nadda’s convoy on the outskirts of Kolkata last week, BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya’s security cover has been upgraded with the addition of a bullet-resistant car to his convoy. Vijayvargiya was part of the convoy.
The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued an order directing the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) to include an armoured vehicle in Vijayvargiya’s convoy and ensure he only travels in that vehicle.
The CISF has been providing Z-category security to Vijayvargiya since February 2019. His protection detail includes a mobile team of about six to seven armed CISF commandos, and a pilot car and an escort vehicle.
After arriving in the city on Monday, Vijayvargiya confirmed the news about receiving an armoured vehicle. “As per the order of the Union Home ministry, I have been provided with a bulletproof vehicle,” he told reporters outside the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport.
On December 10, Vijayvargiya’s vehicle, which was part of Nadda’s convoy, was attacked with stones during a visit to Diamond Harbour. Several vehicles were damaged in the attack. Sources said Vijayvargiya and BJP national vice president Mukul Roy sustained minor injuries in the violence.
Following the incident, the MHA called to Delhi three IPS officers in charge of providing security to Nadda. The state government, however, refused to release them.
Later on Monday, Vijayvargiya said at a public meeting in Mathurapur in South 24 Parganas district that pelting stones was not part of Bengal’s culture of welcoming a person.
Targeting Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for calling BJP leaders outsiders, Vijayvargiya said, “Mamata Banerjee has called Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah outsiders. But are they not citizens of the country? Are they outsiders? Mukul Roy is from here. Is he too an outsider? Mukul Roy helped Mamata Banerjee come to power. Now, he will ensure that she goes out of power.”
The BJP leader said he was confident that the BJP would transform Bengal to “Sonar Bangla. “Mamata Banerjee promised to turn the state into ‘Sonar Bangla’. Can you see ‘Sonar Bangla’ after 10 years of TMC rule? Only Prime Minister Narendra Modi will ensure that Bengal becomes ‘Sonar Bangla’,” Vijayvargiya added.
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