Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Thursday announced a curtail in his security cover and said that he does not need an army to protect him from his own brethren.
"I am one of you and I don't need an army of 1000 security personnel to protect me from my own brethren", said the new Chief Minister of Punjab, Charanjit Singh Channi, while announcing to curtail his own security cover.
During his address at a university in Punjab, Channi called the excessive security a sheer wastage of government resources.
He mentioned that he is not fond of a luxurious lifestyle and added that he has also asked the officers to ensure a reduction in vehicles constituting his cavalcade.
Stating that it is a sheer wastage of government resources, he said this cannot be allowed.
"What harm my own Punjabis will do to me as I too am a common man like them," he said, according to an official release.
Channi also said that he is not a VIP and is "a normal Punjabi" and anyone can call him anytime on his phone as he is available for serving the people round the clock.
The Chief Minister said that overruling the rationale given by intelligence agencies regarding the threat to his life, he has asked the police to reduce his security.
Earlier last week, after several rounds of parleys, Channi was selected for the new CM by Congress high command, following Captain Amarinder Singh's resignation.
These development came months before the 2022 Punjab Assembly elections.