Bihar’s leader of Opposition Tejashwi Yadav on Wednesday questioned accused his neighbour chief minister Nitish Kumar of spying on him. Yadav questioned the location of the CCTV camera installed atop Kumar’s house, alleging his privacy was being breached.
The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader, whose house is right behind the chief minister’s 1 Anne Marg residence, claimed that the camera can see all parts of his house, including the bedrooms and kitchen.
“Nitishji, you and your police have all the right to ensure your security, but no right to constantly peep into my bedroom, the main entrance to the house, the kitchen, the residential office through a 360 degree HD camera. I have no problem if you install a camera at the main gate of my house,” he said in a tweet.
Is this Nitish Ji's paranoia for security or many other insecurities, frustrations & apprehensions with tht he has put only CCTV camera right on the boundary wall b/w his & mine residence to snoop over?
Why CM needs a camera only thr with already a permanent security check post? pic.twitter.com/EljUO5EiLf
— Tejashwi Yadav (@yadavtejashwi) November 15, 2018
“Bihar CM’s residence is surrounded by main roads from 3 sides & Leader of Opposition’s residence from the fourth side. But CM felt the need for CCTV only on the wall bordering his political adversary’s residence? Someone should tell him that these petty tricks will prove futile!” another tweet read.
Tejashwi’s mother and former chief minister, Rabri Devi too supported her son, asking whether the CCTV camera has been installed to locate former social welfare minister, Manju Verma, who is wanted in an arms act case but is evading arrest.
“Does he (Nitish) think that Manju Verma is in hiding in my son’s house? Had he installed the same inside his house, the absconding former minister could have been behind the bars by now,” she said. The failure of the state police to arrest Verma had also drawn adverse comment from the Supreme Court, which has summoned the director general of police to appear before it.
The 5 Circular Road bungalow was allotted to Tejashwi Yadav when he was the Deputy Chief Minister.
When Nitish Kumar broke the Grand Alliance and Yadav ended up as the leader of the Opposition, he was asked to vacate it. But in view of its favourable position – the Chief Minister’s house on one side and his parents’ home across the road, the young leader petitioned the Chief Minister to retain it.
But the relation between the two leaders has gone further downhill since.
Over the last few months, Yadav had targeted the Chief Minister repeatedly, criticising him over multiple issues, including law and order, corruption and farmers’ woes.
RJD spokesperson Bhai Virendra said the government is wary of Tejashwi’s growing popularity and hence the chief minister and his associates are keeping a vigil on him. “They are also tapping phone calls of the Yadav brothers and Rabri Devi,” he alleged.
The ruling Janata Dal (United) dismissed the allegations, saying Tejashwi has no right to speak on crime and security. “Jo kam padhe likhe hote hain who aisi batein karte hainz (Those who are less educated speak such things),” party spokesperson Sanjay Singh told media persons. “A high school dropout questioning the legitimacy of CM’s security holds no significance for us,” he added.
The Chief Minister-who once indicated that responding to political adversaries is giving them legitimacy — has maintained his habitual silence on Tejashwi Yadav’s attacks. There has been no response from his government either.
(With agency inputs)