REFERRING TO the Gandhi family, Union Home Minister Amit Shah told Lok Sabha on Wednesday that “three protectees” of the Special Protection Group (SPG) have “flouted security rules around 600 times”.
Replying to a debate on the Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill, 2019, Shah said that since 2015, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi had travelled 1,892 times in India and 247 times abroad without informing the SPG.
He said Congress president Sonia Gandhi had travelled 50 times in Delhi, 13 times outside Delhi without SPG bulletproof vehicle, and 24 times abroad without informing the security force.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra travelled 339 times in Delhi, 64 times in other parts of the country without the SPG in the same period, he said. Shah said that Priyanka made 99 foreign trips since 1991, and 78 of them were without SPG cover. “If you enter public life, you will have to follow the rules,” he said.
However, Shah maintained that the Gandhi family’s security had not been withdrawn, but changed to Z-plus category, with Advanced Security Liaison (ASL) and ambulance from the CRPF.
Rejecting the Congress’s allegation that the withdrawal of SPG cover was “vendetta politics”, Shah said: “The Narendra Modi government will never take any decision for political vendetta. This decision was taken purely on professional security assessment.”
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