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Security `status symbol` for many: Nitish

Last Updated: Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 21:59

Patna: Accusing the Centre of practicing
`pick and choose` while providing NSG protection to leaders,
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today said security cover
had become `status symbol` for many.

Security cover should be decided by the security agencies
keeping in mind the magnitude of threat perception to the
people, instead of giving weight to a personality or the
person, Kumar said.

He was replying to a questioner on the controversy that
erupted over the NSG protection to some leaders, including RJD
chief Lalu Prasad and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister
Mulayam Singh Yadav.

"It is a matter to be taken note of seriously as to
whether the security to an ex-CM is more important than the
protection required for a CM," he said without naming his bete
noire Lalu Prasad.

Earlier during the day, the Centre assured in Parliament
that NSG protection to Lalu Prasad, BSP leader Mayawati and
SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav will not be scaled down.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 21:59
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