Nara Chandrababu Naidu, former chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, eventually made a step forward in defending the back-to-back blows he got from the AP CM, Jagan Mohan Reddy. He has moved the high court against the government’s move of his security scale down.
This comes after last week’s YSRCP government’s new cut down on Naidu’s security cover. Reacting to this, TDP President Naidu submitted a petition challenging the move by the government of the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) to reduce the security cover in phases over the past month and seeking orders from the govt to restore it, taking into account the perception of the threat.
The government initially reduced the security cover to the opposition leader, which included an Additional Police Superintendent, a Deputy Police Superintendent, and three Reserve Inspectors, last week. Earlier, the government withdrew escort and police vehicle from the convoy and even withdrew security of Naidu’s family members.
Now, a few days before, his security was further reduced and he was provided with two constables in three shifts. The TDP, which lost power in May to the YSRCP, has termed the action of the government as vindictive. However, the ruling party rejected the allegation.
However, Naidu will continue to have Z plus category security comprising national security guards (NSG) commandos, provided by the Centre after the Maoist attack on him at Alipiri, the foothills of Tirumala in October 2003.