No political motive behind reducing security cover: Govt

Jaipur: Under attack from BJP for downsizing former Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje's security, Rajasthan government said here tonight that there was no political motive behind the action.

"Security cover of Raje was downsized after review by a high-level committee appointed for this particular work and it was decided on January 24 this year," an official release said tonight.

"When Raje became chief Minister in October 2003, her government had downsized security cover of Ashok Gehlot from from Z to Y category within 25 days on January 2, 2004 but no Congress leader including Gehlot had criticized the move. Now, BJP is crying over the decision which is purely based on the committee's review," the release said.

"Her security cover was downsized after 15 months of Congress government in the state but the BJP government had removed security of Gehlot in hardly 25 days", it said.

Review of security cover for public representatives is done by a high-level committee appointed for this from time to time. This is a normal course of action, the release added. Rajasthan government downsized the security cover of from Z plus to Y category and orders were issued last week.

Meanwhile, Raje said if any untoward incident happens due to lack of security for her, the state government would be responsible for it.

"If the government desires, the Y category security cover can also be withdrawn but the government would be responsible for any problem encountered by me due to reduced security cover. I have already said that I will remain in public to serve them and ," Raje told reporters.