Narendra Modi's security beefed up ahead of Bahraich rally
But, before reaching out to masses, Modi's security issue is a big challenge, considering the fact that recently there were failed terror attack attempts happened on Modi at the Hunkaar rally in Patna, and another report came that Modi was targetted at Kanpur rally too.
So, amidst, the clouds of danger hovering over Modi, the first step by the security agencies should be to provide extra security cover to Modi.
Tight security for Modi at Bahraich rally
According to some reports, Modi may be on terrorists' radar at November 8 "Vijay Shankhnaad" rally at Soherwa village on Nanpara road in Bahraich in central Uttar Pradesh.
A high alert has been sounded in Bahraich following the serial blasts in Patna hours before Modi's rally in Patna. Police has been instructed to maintain foolproof security for Modi.
While considering the serial blasts in Patna, the UP government has tightened the security ahead of Modi rally. It has been reported that PAC, 200 armed police personnel and intelligence officials will camp at the rally site three or four days before the meeting.
The venue of the Bahraich rally would be kept under security round-the-clock. Modi's security was enhanced after he was officially declared as the BJP's prime ministerial candidate in September.
Modi is scheduled to hold slew of rallies in Uttar Pradesh, to reclaim its ground in the hindi heartland before the parliamentary elections next year. Two rallies have taken place in Kanpur on Oct 19 and in Jhansi on Oct 25.
Modi's security issue is a big challenge for intelligence officials.
Besides, Modi will also tour the four poll-bound states -- Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Delhi.
Shinde says no to SPG cover to Modi
Even after Patna blasts at Modi's rally, the Union Home Minister SushilKumar Shinde has refused to include Modi under the category of people provided security by the Special Protection Group (SPG).
Modi has been given sufficient security. He does not need the SPG security," Shinde said today.
The ministry officials said they have also written to all the state governments to provide adequate security cover to Modi during his rallies.
At present, Modi is categorised under Z-plus security and is guarded by National Security Guard (NSG) and Gujarat Police personnel.
"We have recently increased Modi's security with twice the number of personnel because of heightened threat. The NSG provides security when the personality is mobile. In case the person or VIP is static, it is the responsibility of the state police to provide security shield," said a senior government official.
After Patna blasts, many senior BJP leaders including party president Rajnath Singh, Subramaniam Swamy and MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan have demanded that the Central government should give extra security cover to Modi, especially when he is travelling and addressing large crowds.