Leader of Opposition in the Bihar Legislative Assembly Tejashwi Prasad Yadav Thursday accused Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of “snooping” on opponents through a CCTV camera.
Tejashwi said Nitish installed a high-resolution CCTV camera affixed to the rear wall of the CM residence and the main entrance of his (Tejashwi’s) residence at Patna’s Circular Road.
The RJD leader tweeted, “Bihar CM’s residence is surrounded by main roads from three sides and Leader of Opposition’s residence from the fourth side. But CM felt the need for CCTV only on the wall bordering his political adversary’s residence. Someone should tell him that these petty tricks will prove futile…Why self-proclaimed austere CM of a poor State has this obsession with luxury & grandeur? Has he got any morality to answer this?”
Though Tejashawi’s allotted residence has its front gate along Deshratna Marg, he has opened the gate on the rear entrance opening up on Circular Road, where his family stays at house number 10. Tejashwi divides his stay between the two houses.
Tejashwi tweeted: “Bihar govt must tighten the security whenever required for the CM who already has Z+ category and even resides in high security zone but is it preferable to install high resolution HD CCTV cameras facing, snooping & interfering the privacy of neighbour? Is this Nitish Ji’s paranoia for security or many other insecurities, frustrations & apprehensions…”
Tejashwi also said that while Nitish and the police were well within their rights to ensure the security of the CM, they had “no right to peep into our bedrooms, main entrance of the house, kitchen and residential office…”
Former CM Jitan Ram Manjhi also expressed solidarity with Tejashwi’s concerns and demanded immediate removal of the CCTV camera installed to “look over Tejashwi’s residence”.
The JD(U), however, said that it was a matter of government’s “prerogative to look for ways to secure the CM’s residence”.
Party spokesperson Neeraj Kumar told The Indian Express, “CM is a constitutional position and there has been a fixed security protocol. Tejashwi must not try to make it political. As for spying allegation, it is not a bad idea to monitor some people with shady credentials meeting RJD leaders…”
A senior CM residence official added, “CCTV cameras are installed on various corners. It is just a coincidence that one camera overlooks an adjoining residence.” Backing the JD(U), the BJP slammed Tejashwi for “doing politics over a CCTV camera”.
Senior party leader and Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi said, “When his (Tejashwi’s) crores of rupees and benami property came into the people’s and investigating agencies’ gaze without any cameras, and people in his family are themselves publicising news of a power tussle within the family, then why is he targeting the camera?”