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Do MP MLAs really need gunmen with carbines?
S Niazi in Bhopal | February 05, 2009 14:50 IST
For the newly-elected legislators of Madhya Pradesh [Images], moving around with security cover has become a much sought after status symbol.
Bharatiya Janata Party legislator Arvind Bhardoria was elected for the first time from Madhya Pradesh's Chambal region. He defeated Congress heavyweight Satyadev Katare in the electoral battlefield. But the legislator now needs a gunman to visit his own people.
"I belong to Chambal's ravines, which are home to dreaded bandits. I require protection and for that a gunman is needed,"" he says.
However, the legislators' requests don't end there. They don't just need gunmen, but gunmen carrying carbines or automatic weapons.
Another legislator, Yashpal Singh Sisodia, fears the Kanjars (a criminal tribal-based group in Rajasthan).
He says, "When I travel from Bhopal to Mandsaur, I pass through a region of Rajasthan that is inhabited by the Kanjars. Kanjars indulge in criminal activities in areas bordering Madhya Pradesh, especially in Mandsaur district. I need security."
Many of those who avail security cover do not simply need them. In Madhya Pradesh, beneficiaries of security continue to drain the state's resources.
However, not everyone wants security. Exceptions like Umang Singhar of Congress and Aatmaram Patel who defeated former Congress state president Subhash Yadav, say they face no threat or danger from anyone.
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