The continuing political slugfest between two top leaders took a curious turn today with Bihar Opposition leader Tejashwi Yadav accusing chief minister Nitish Kumar of “snooping” by installing high-powered CCTV cameras.
Reports said the angle of the CCTV cameras fitted atop the wall of chief minister’s official residence has been fixed in such a way that it captures every activity in the official residence of Tejashwi located just behind it.
The official bungalow of the Bihar Opposition leader at 5, Deshratna Marg is located just behind the chief minister’s 7, Circular Road residence. Tejashwi came to know about the CCTV cameras allegedly focusing their eyes on his residence only recently but kept silent owing to the Chhath festival.
The objection of the Opposition leader is that no such cameras have been installed in any other areas of the CM’s residence although it is surrounded by roads from three sides. This means the chief minister is interested to know only about his private affairs, which is unlawful.
Posting photographs and video of the high-resolution HD CCTV cameras on his Twitter handle, Tejashwi Yadav wondered the move of the chief minister adding all these petty tricks would go in vain. “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!” he warned.
“Bihar govt must tighten the security whenever required for the CM who already has Z+ category and even resides in high security zone but is it preferable to install high resolution HD CCTV cameras facing, snooping & interfering the privacy of neighbour?” he asked further.
Tejashwi’s mother and former chief minister Rabri Devi mocked Kumar for this move saying he may have done so with the intention to look for absconding former minister Manju Verma wanted in a arms act case. It’s worth mentioning here that the Supreme Court has passed strong comments against the state government for failing to arrest Verma and summoned the DGP to court.
“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 alleged.
Other Grand Alliance leaders, such as Jitan Ram Manji also criticized the chief minister terming his acts full of “political vendetta”. He alleged the state government was spying on the opposition leader under a deep-rooted political conspiracy.
However, the JD-U rejected such charges saying the installation of such cameras was done owing to sheer security reasons.