The new Andhra Pradesh government under chief minister YS Jagan Reddy has scaled down the security of former chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu’s family members.
Leaders of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) alleged that Naidu and his family members came to know about this after their return from a foreign trip on Tuesday.
Chandrababu Naidu’s son Nara Lokesh, who earlier had ‘Z’ category cover, has been now scaled down to ‘Y’. He will now get 2+2 security guards against 5+5 earlier, TDP sources said.
The security of other family members has been completely withdrawn. The TDP has alleged that it was done without informing them.
Earlierin in June, Mr Naidu’s Z+ category security was withdrawn by the state government, which was followed by demonstrations staged by TDP members.
Naidu, who managed to escape an assassination attempt by Maoists in 2003, has since been enjoying ‘Z plus’ security, the highest security cover enjoyed by VIPs in the country.
The opposition party has termed the move by YSRCP government as another act of vendetta politics.
The development comes a day after the new chief minister announced Monday that ‘Praja Vedika’, a building built as an extension to Naidu’s residence on the banks of Krishna river will be demolished on Wednesday. He said the building was built in violation of all laws and rules.
Chandrababu Naidu-led TDP witnessed a rout in the recently-held assembly elections, as it managed to win only 23 seats of 175, while Jagan Reddy-led YSCRP got an absolute majority by winning 151 seats.
YSRCP also won 22 out of 25 Lok Sabha seats in the state, while TDP could bag only 3 seats.