The state government’s decision to reduce its security coverage will have no impact, the former CM said.

BJP chief executive Devendra Fadnavis said on Monday that the Maharashtra government led by Shiv Sena should focus more on preventing incidents such as the Bhandara hospital fire, in which ten infants lost their health. life, instead of focusing on issues such as security coverage of public officials.

Speaking to reporters in Mumbai, Mr Fadnavis said the state government’s decision to reduce his security coverage will have no impact on him and he will even visit the neighborhood affected by Naxal as Gadchiroli without any security cover.

According to a government notification issued on January 8, Mr. Fadnavis, who is the opposition leader in the Maharashtra Assembly, will now have “Y-plus security with escort”, instead of “Z-” coverage. more”. The security of his wife Amruta Fadnavis and his daughter Divija has been demoted from “Y-plus with escort” to “X”.

Besides Mr. Fadnavis, the government led by Shiv Sena also downgraded the security blanket of former Uttar Pradesh governor Ram Naik and MNS chairman Raj Thackeray, and completely removed the security blanket of the head of the government. State of BJP Chandrakant Patil and some other leaders.

“(Decisions such as) to remove or keep the security blanket will have no impact on us. We are not worried about it. We are the people who roam without security. The current security blanket is adequate and we do not ‘have no problem if that too taken away,’ said Mr Fadnavis, a former chief minister.

He said he could travel to different parts of Maharashtra even though there is not a single security guard accompanying him.

“Therefore, we have no complaints or objections to it (the downgrading of security) ….. instead of focusing on these issues, the government should focus more on Bhandara-type incidents,” did he declare.

Ten children died in a fire at the Bhandra district hospital in eastern Maharashtra on January 9.

On another question, Mr. Fadnavis said that people are now asking for the registration of a culpable homicide case in connection with the Bhandara incident.

He said it would be a mistake if someone supported Nathuram Godse, the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi.

His remarks follow the opening by the Hindu Mahasabha of a Godse study center in the town of Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, ruled by the BJP.

“No one in this country can support Nathuram Godse,” he said.

“He who assassinated the Father of the Nation cannot be greeted in this country. It is wrong if we try to do it. It cannot be defended, ”said the head of the BJP.

Responding to a question, Mr. Fadnavis said the BJP would welcome renaming the city of Aurangabad in Maharashtra to Sambhajinagar if a proposal to do so is presented at the State Cabinet meeting.

Amid reports that the ruling Shiv Sena was trying to lure Gujarati voters ahead of Mumbai Civic Corps polls in 2022, Mr Fadnavis took a hit saying he was “happy” the party led by Uddhav Thackeray tries to woo the community even though it does. just for the sake of the election.

“The Shiv Sena opposes the Ahmedabad-Mumbai high-speed train, but tries to woo the Gujarati community,” he added.

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