Lucknow: Amid a bitter war of words over the move to downgrade the security cover of Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party-Lohia president Shivpal Singh Yadav, Uttar Pradesh government has now responded to its criticism, saying “it was no longer required.” “Shivpal Singh Yadav was in danger from his nephew Akhilesh Yadav and SP’s criminals,” UP Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said in a tweet on Monday night. “Now, both of them have reconciled, so the big security threat has been averted,” Maurya added.
The Uttar Pradesh Deputy CM also sought to remind that Shivpal still enjoys a ‘Y’ category security. “If he has any security problem, let him inform. Action will be taken as per the rule after getting it evaluated,” the Deputy CM said.
Amid campaigning for the bypoll of a Lok Sabha and two assembly seats, the state government reviewed the security and decided to downgrade Shivpal Yadav’s cover from ‘Z’ category to ‘Y’.
Reacting to the move, Shivpal stated that the BJP candidate will now lose badly in the crucial Mainpuri Lok Sabha bypoll and the voters will teach a big lesson to the ruling party.
It may be recalled that Shivpal Yadav, who was at odds with Akhilesh Yadav for long, has joined hands with the family recently and has been actively campaigning for SP Mainpuri candidate Dimple Yadav.
SP chief Akhilesh Yadav had said downgrading the security of Shivpal Singh Yadav was objectionable. According to the police, ‘Y’ category security comprises of a total of 11 security personnel, including two private security guards, while ‘Z’ category security comprises a total of 22 security personnel, including four-five NSG commandos.