Agencies, New Delhi
Days after multiple blasts tore through areas around Narendra Modi’s rally venue in Patna, the Centre has decided to extend the Advance Security Liaison (ASL) to Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate.
At present, Mr Modi has Z-plus security cover provided by the National Security Guard (NSG) but he will now get PM-like security.
Other than the PM, only few VVIPs have been such type of high level security.
The decision to bolster Mr Modi’s security comes after six blasts happened on Sunday at Patna’s Gandhi Maidan before the Gujarat Chief Minister was to address ‘Hunkar’ rally, claiming as many lives.
However, Mr Modi went ahead and addressed the rally. Later, few live bombs were found at the venue, which were defused by the security officials.
On Wednesday, Gujarat police had accused their counterpart in Bihar of security lapses ahead of the ‘Hunkar’ rally of Mr Modi for 2014 General Elections on October 27.
Gujarat Director General of Police Pramod Kumar accused the Bihar police of indifference and for being lax and said they had been in constant contact with the police in Patna.
Multiple blasts rocked the capital of Bihar, ahead of Mr Modi’s rally on Sunday. However, BJP went ahead with the rally. They blamed the Nitish Kumar government the next day for security lapses. The Bihar CM denied the allegations and said no specific intelligence inputs had been received by his government.