Khurshid disfavours VIP security

Amid a growing clamour for getting VIP security in the country, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Sunday disfavoured such an approach as he said he himself does not keep that paraphernalia.

Khurshid who was officiating as the chief guest for the Raising Day celebrations of the paramilitary CISF, however, did not elaborate on how such an arrangement could be made.

“You should work towards discouraging people from asking for security,” he said, adding that he himself does not have any such special arrangement.

Khurshid, Congress MP from Uttar Pradesh’s Farrukhabad, was asked if enhancing the security cover to more VIPs was necessary.

In recent days, more politicians are getting ‘Z-plus’ security and the new entrants include Union Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma and BSP MP Brajesh Pathak months after the list of VIPs in this category were pruned during P Chidambaram’s tenure as Home Minister.

Delhi has the highest number of security personnel on VIP-guarding duties in the country after Punjab and more than a dozen policemen guard each of the 427 VIPs, who are being given security in the national capital.

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