New Delhi: The Congress workers on Friday protested near the residence of Home Minister Amit Shah expressing dissatisfaction towards the BJP-led government’s decision to withdraw the Special Protection Group (SPG) cover from the Gandhi family, stated a report.
Instead of the SPG cover, officials on Friday said that Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her children Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi will now receive Z-plus security by the Central Reserve Police Force, stated news agency PTI. The senior official added that this decision to remove the SPG cover was taken after a detailed security assessment.
Thus, the family of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, who was assassinated by LTTE militants on June 21, 1991, will be without SPG protection after a long span of 28 years. The SPG Act came into force in 1988 with the provision to provide security only to the prime minister and former prime ministers of the country. However, after the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, the SPG Act of 1988 was amended in September 1991, to include the immediate family members of former prime ministers in the VVIP security list.
Reacting to the removal of the special security cover, Congress leader KC Venugopal, as quoted by news agency ANI said, “PM Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah has been blinded by personal revenge and political vendetta. This is proved by the unceremonious withdrawal of SPG cover of ma’am Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi.”
Explaining how Sonia Gandhi and her children got the SPG security in the first place, KC Venugopal, as quoted by news agency ANI said, “Two former PMs of India, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi were murdered and it was Atal Bihari Vajpayee who amended the law to give the family of Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, the SPG cover. Modi and Shah have undone it now.”