Modi's wife files RTI about security, other facilities she is entitled to

Modi's wife  files RTI about security, other facilities she is entitled to

Taking the Gujarat administration by surprise, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s wife Jashodaben, on Monday filed a Right To Information (RTI) application with the Mehsana police for clarity on her security cover and what she is entitled to.

Jashodaben, a retired teacher, sought information on the laws and related provisions in the Constitution about the security cover given to a prime minister’s wife and asked the government to explain to her the definition of protocol and what it includes.

Jashodaben expressed unhappiness about the current security set-up, where her guards travel in government vehicles, while, despite being the prime minister’s wife, she uses public transport.

She noted that late prime minister Indira Gandhi was killed by her own bodyguards and said she felt scared by her security. The prime minister’s wife asked the government to make it compulsory for each guard to produce copy of their deployment order.

Mehsana Superintendent of Police J R Mothalia said Jashodaben wanted to know what her rights were in terms of security. “She came to our office and filed an RTI to know about her rights as the prime minister’s wife with regard to security cover. We will give our written reply to her in the stipulated time,” he said.

She also sought several documents from the police department related to her security cover given as per protocol, including the certified copy of the actual order passed by the government in this regard.

Jashodaben, at present, lives with her brother Ashok Modi at Unjha town in Mehsana district. After Modi was sworn in as prime minister, she was provided with security by the Mehsana police. “We have deployed ten of our policemen, including armed guards, for her security. They work in two shifts, five each in one shift,” said Police Inspector of Mehsana Special Operations Group J S Chavda.

Later, when a television channel tracked Jashodaben on her way to Unjha when she was riding pillion on a scooter, she said she was ready to live with Modi if he invited her. “If I am invited to live with him, I am ready to move to Delhi,” she said.

When asked about her intention behind filing the RTI application, she said: “I am not given justice. No facilities have been provided to me.”

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