Kejriwal sets agenda before swearing in as CM: Won't take 'Z' security cover

Dec 23 2013, 22:02 IST
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Arvind Kejriwal refused to take security from Delhi Police saying God is his biggest security. Arvind Kejriwal refused to take security from Delhi Police saying God is his biggest security.
SummaryKejriwal refused to take security from Delhi Police saying God is his biggest security.

AAP Convener Arvind Kejriwal, who is set to become Chief Minister of Delhi, on Monday refused the high security cover provided by Delhi Police, saying "God is his biggest security.

Additional Commissioner of Delhi (Security) V Renganathan wrote a letter to Kejriwal saying Delhi Police have been providing security cover to the Chief Minister of Delhi who is given Z category protectee status.

"Since Mr Arvind Kejriwal is going to take over as Chief Minister of Delhi, Delhi Police need to give the security cover to him as per norms," said the letter which was delivered to him by a Delhi Police officials.

Kejriwal, in his reply to Delhi Police, thanked them for their offer but said he doesn't need any security or any escort or Personal Security Officer (PSO).

"God is my biggest security," he wrote.

Kejriwal today met Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and staked claim to form the government in Delhi after it received "overwhelming" response from people during a week-long "referendum" through SMS, telephone, email and public meetings.

In his letter to Delhi Police, Kejriwal said "Thank you for offering me security. But as I have already informed earlier, I don't need any security, I don't need any escort or PSO. God is my biggest security."

He, however, asked the police to provide some help in crowd management or security at his venues.

"However, I would be grateful if some help is provided for crowd management or security at places," he said.

Special Commissioner (Security) Taj Hassan also said Kejriwal was being provided security as per law.

The AAP leader had refused the security cover on two earlier occasions also.

On December 13 after winning the elections, Kejriwal had written a letter to Delhi Police refusing to take the security cover offered by them.

A Delhi police team had gone to Kejriwal's Kaushambi residence to make a security assessment for him ahead of his meeting with the Lt Governor to discuss government formation.

In October also, he had refused to accept the security cover for himself by Uttar Pradesh police saying it was "against his ideology".

Upon the direction of Home Ministry, some officials of the Local Intelligence Unit (LIU) of Ghaziabad police contacted Kejriwal and asked him to opt for the security cover.

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