Govt will not reduce security given to VIPs: Venkaiah Naidu

Important people have to be protected, says Venkaiah Naidu, a day after the centre banned the use of beacon lights atop all vehicles,


Everybody is a VIP and that is the philosophy of our government, said Venkaiah Naidu. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint
Everybody is a VIP and that is the philosophy of our government, said Venkaiah Naidu. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint

New Delhi:The government has no plans to cut back on security to VIPs, union minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said on Thursday, a day after the Centre banned the use of beacon lights atop all vehicles, except emergency vehicles like ambulances and fire brigade.

“With regard to security, it is necessary in the interest of the country because important people have to be protected. Otherwise, there is no preferential treatment,” Naidu, who holds the portfolio of information and broadcasting, told reporters.

About the Centre’s decision to put an end to the VIP culture, he said: “Everybody is a VIP and that is the philosophy of our government.” Though it is a small initiative, it sends a message that every person should be treated equally, he added. He hoped that state governments will also shun the used of beacons or they will face the wrath of the people.

On a query about the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute, the minister said the case has been going on for so many years and there is nothing new in that. He did not elaborate on what could be the impact of the Supreme Court order in the Babri Masjid demolition case on the BJP. Top BJP leaders L.K. Advani, M.M. Joshi and Uma Bharti will be tried for criminal conspiracy in the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case as the apex court had on Wednesday allowed the CBI plea to restore the charge against them.

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