UP govt may hike se­cu­rity sta­tus for Shiv­pal Ya­dav

Sunday Express - - INDIA - NAMITA BAJPAI

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.

PTI

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 |

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