No objection if MLAs demand CRPF protection, says MP minister

Bhopal, Mar 15 (PTI) The Madhya Pradesh government on Sunday evening said it has no objection if MLAs it claimed were being held captive by the BJP sought Central Reserve Police Force protection.

In an official statement, state Home Minister Bala Bachchan, however, said MP police was fully capable of protecting them.

'The Congress MLAs held in captivity by the BJP in Bengaluru can seek CRPF protection if they want. The Madhya Pradesh government has no objection. However, MP police is fully competent in providing security to them,' he said.

Citing media reports on this demand by the MLAs, he said, 'If the captive legislators feel they need stronger security, they can take help of the CRPF.' The MLAs, who resigned from the party and sent their resignations from the Assembly to the speaker, had in letters to the latter claimed law and order in MP was poor.

BJP leaders, including former chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, had also said the law and order situation in MP was poor and claimed the convoy of former Union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, who joined the saffron part recently, was attacked while he was on his way to the airport on Friday.