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Madhya Pradesh: Security restored at RSS office after govt drew flak from BJP

The government initially justified the decision stating that there was a shortfall of security personnel and they would be deployed somewhere else in view of the elections.

Congress govt withdraws security at RSS office in Bhopal, reinstates it
The Kamal Nath-led government withdrew the decision to lift the security cover to the RSS office after criticism from Digvijaya Singh.

Withdrawal of security outside the RSS office in Bhopal led to a war of words between the ruling Congress and the Opposition BJP, forcing the Kamal Nath government to restore it within 24 hours.

Security personnel were deployed outside Samidha, the organization’s office in Arera Colony, more than a decade ago. Late on Monday, Special Armed Force (SAF) guards were withdrawn and a tent pitched outside the big bungalow was removed.

The government initially justified the decision stating that there was a shortfall of security personnel and they would be deployed somewhere else in view of the elections.

Some BJP leaders called it a conspiracy while others claimed there was no need for security outside RSS’ office in the first place. RSS too stated that it had never demanded security.

Former chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan held “despicable mentality’’ responsible for the decision. He said the BJP government had provided security in view of perceived threat from terror organizations. The RSS did not ask for security, but it’s the government’s duty to provide it, said Chouhan. “Just because you have ideological differences will you put someone in harm’s way,’’ he asked. He stated that the argument of removing personnel to meet shortfall was “childish” because only five guards had been posted there. “Where all can you deploy five guards? Will personal security (provided to leaders) be also withdrawn in the name of election duty?” said Chouhan.

 

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RSS’ offfice Samidha at Arera Colony in Bhopal. (Express)

Leader of Opposition Gopal Bhargava wondered if another attack had been plotted at the RSS office. “If any RSS activist gets even a scratch there will be strong retaliation,’’ tweeted Bhargava.

Senior Congress leader and Bhopal candidate Digvijaya Singh was the first politician to object to the withdrawal, “It’s not at all proper to remove security provided to the RSS office,’’ he said, requesting CM Nath to restore it at the earliest.

Nath said security was removed following a complaint to Election Commission and to meet the shortfall. Security was withdrawn from six places, he said, but did not name the other places.

“We may have ideological differences. The RSS is our opponent but I am not in favour of withdrawing security,’’ the CM said while ordering immediate restoration of the security picket. He wondered why security was provided to the BJP office during its 15 year rule but not to the Congress. “On one hand BJP leaders say security is not needed outside RSS office but on the other they say it’s required. Ideally, they should give a written request demanding security. They don’t want to ask security but are also against its withdrawal,’’ he said.

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