Ahmedabad: Taking the Gujarat administration by surprise, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s wife Jashodaben has sought details through a Right to Information application about the security arrangements that she and other family members of the PM are entitled to as per protocol.
Jashodaben Modi turned up at the office of Mehsana district superintendent of police on Monday and submitted a RTI application. Of late, she has become active in social life and has been seen attending events, while expressing her desire to stay with the PM in Delhi.
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 PM’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.”