The move comes months ahead of polls in the state. The BJP-led NDA had been wooing Pappu Yadav, who is an influential leader of his community in the Purnea-Madhepura belt.

In a letter to the Chief Secretary of Bihar, the Union Home Ministry said the state government is requested to categorise Pappu Yadav as 'Y' (threat) category protectee in view of 'threat perceived to him from political rivals, criminal, the CPI (Maoist) and also in view of the upcoming assembly elections in Bihar'.

Yadav, a Lok Sabha MP after being expelled by the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) for six years for anti-party activities in May this year, launched a new political outfit, called Jan Kranti Adhikar Morcha.

The Union Home Ministry has in its communique said that the matter regarding security arrangements of Pappu Yadav has again been examined in the ministry in consultation with the Central Security Agencies.

As per their report, in view of threat perceived to Pappu Yadav from political rivals, criminal and the CPI (Maoist), and also in view of the upcoming assembly elections in Bihar, the state government may categorise him as a Y (threat) category protectee and provide him full component of Y category security.

Reacting sharply to it, JD-U general secretary KC Tyagi said,"After Manjhi was given Z plus security, it is now turn of Pappu Yadav to get Y category security. How can the Centre decide all this without involving the state?

The 243-seat Bihar Assembly is set to go for a multi-phased election, probably between late October and early November.

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