UP govt may hike security status for Shivpal Yadav
THE Uttar Pradesh government is likely to upgrade Samajwadi Secular Morcha (SSM) president and Jaswant Nagar MLA Shivpal Yadav’s security by recommending ‘Z+’ category security for him, officials familiar with the matter said on Saturday.
On Friday, the state government allotted Shivpal the 12-bedroom government bungalow vacated by former Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati in May this year. Shivpal had alleged a threat to his life in the application for the house.
The matter of his security is currently under consideration and a decision is likely to be taken soon, said one of the sources mentioned above.
According to another source, the security threat that Shivpal had alleged may be the basis for the heightened security cover.
At present, ‘Z+’ security cover has been given only to Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, his father Mulayam Singh Yadav and Mayawati in the state. The VVIP category security status includes a cover of 55 personnel, all of whom are armed with automatic machine guns and are highly trained in martial arts and combat.
The personnel are a mix of commandos of the National Security Guard (NSG) and the state police.
Meanhile, SP patriarch Mulayam Singh’s younger daughter-in-law Aparna Yadav on Saturday came out in endorsement of Shivpal’s SSM.
She shared the dais with Shivpal at a function of the Rashtriya Krantikari Samajwadi Party where both were invited as chief guests.
While speaking from the podium, Aparna, wife of Mulayam’s younger son Prateek, openly announced her support for Shivpal claiming that after her ‘Netaji’ (Mulayam), it was ‘Shivpal Chachaji’ whom she respected the most.
Taking the vow to strengthen the SSM, Aprna said: “I have always respected Netaji and Chachaji and we will work together to make SSM stronger.”
Aparna then expressed her desire to join the SSM saying she would join the outfit at a time suggested by Shivpal. She also expressed her willingness to contest the 2019 elections as an SSM candidate.
Shivpal Yadav had a fallout with Samajwadi supremo Mulayam and party chief Akhilesh over control of SP, but they seem to have reconciled since then |