Chidambaram discusses security scenario with Advani

April 2nd, 2009 - 3:18 pm ICT by ANI  

Sonia Gandhi New Delhi, Apr 2 (ANI): Home Minister P. Chidamabaram on Thursday met Leader of the Opposition L K Advani and discussed the security scenario ahead of the general elections.

The meeting, which lasted for 20-minutes, took place at Advani’s residence.

According to sources, Chidamabaram advised Advani to refrain from undertaking unscheduled visits to different parts of the country during the campaign trail.

On Wednesday, Chidambaram has written to Chief Ministers of all the states to provide adequate security for nearly two dozen VVIPs during the period of the upcoming general elections.

Chidambaram has urged all the state chiefs to cooperate with security agencies.

The letter has listed out ‘dos and don’ts’ to be ensured by the state police and paramilitary forces during their electioneering, official sources said.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi, All India Congress Committee (AICC) General Secretary Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Gandhi have already got special security of the Special Protection Group (SPG).

Besides them, the list proposes elite security cover to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L K Advani, former chief ministers Ghulam Nabi Azad, Farooq Abdullah, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader J Jayalalithaa, Chief Ministers of Jammu and Kashmir, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh –Omar Abdullah, Narendra Modi and Mayawati respectively.

The Home Ministry’s message, written on March 27, has come in the wake of intelligence reports revealing that terrorists may attack prominent leaders in the run up to the polls. (ANI)

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