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Rahul indulged in nearly one security breach a day: Govt sources

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New Delhi, Nov 8 : As news trickled in on Special Protection Group (SPG) cover being withdrawn from the Gandhis, sources in BJP suggest they have been consistently indulging in security violations

Rahul Gandhi:

  • Rahul Gandhi, during his 2005-2014, travelled in non-Bullet Resistant vehicles (non-BR) on 18 visits to different parts of the country. This, was a serious violation.
  • Since 2015 and till May of this year, there has been 1,892 occasions when the former Congress President travelled in a non-BR vehicle in Delhi. This amounts to almost one incident everyday.

Sources also say, there have been 247 occasions, till June this year, when he travelled in a non-BR vehicle outside Delhi.

  • The former Congress President even travelled on the roof of vehicle on a few occasions during internal tours in violation of the provisions of the Motor Vehicle Act and security advices, say sources.
  • During his visit at Banaskantha in Gujarat on August 4, 2017, there was a serious violation that could have endangered Gandhi’s life. Sources say, “while he was travelling in a non-BR car against the security advice of SPG, there was an incident of stone pelting on the non-BR private car of the Protectee in which the SPG PSO was injured.”

The injury could have been avoided had the SPG BR-car was used, as advised by the premium agency. This matter was raised by the Congress Party in the ongoing Parliament session which was followed by the Home Minister making a statement in Lok Sabha. He told the House that Rahul Gandhi did not avail SPG BR vehicles for 100 occasions out of his 121 visits between April 2015 to June 2017.

  • Out of total 156 foreign visits that he undertook since 1991 he did not take SPG officers on 143 visits. In most of these 143 foreign visits he shared the travel itinerary at eleventh hours preventing the SPG officers from accompanying him on the tours.

Gandhi also dragged the name of SPG on a few occasions in the last 5 years in his public speeches, which the government of the day feels is ‘undesirable’.

Sonia Gandhi:

If Rahul Gandhi has breached security, his mother and interim party President Sonia Gandhi too was not far behind.

She did not use SPG BR vehicle on 50 occasions while travelling in New Delhi from 2015 to May 2019. On all but one of these occasions, Rahul Gandhi drove her non-BR car. She also undertook 13 unscheduled visits to various places in the country in the last five years (till May 2019) during which she used non-BR cars. She also did not take SPG officers on 24 of her foreign visits since 2015.

Priyanka Gandhi:

  • Since 2015 till May 2019, she did not use SPG BR vehicles for her travel on 339 occasions within Delhi and on 64 occasions at other places in the country. She used non-BR vehicles against the advice of SPG officers on these visits.
  • Out of total 99 foreign visits that she has undertaken since 1991, she took SPG security cover only on 21 occasions and refused to take the security for other 78 visits. On most such tours, she shared her travel plan at the eleventh hours rendering it impossible for SPG to depute officers for her security.
  • Since May 2014, on several occasions, Priyanka Gandhi had levelled allegations against SPG officers that they were collecting her personal and confidential information and sharing with unauthorised persons. She even threatened top officials of SPG to drag them into legal action. SPG has from time to time countered such allegations by clarifying that it confines its work to strictly the official charter.

As Gandhi’s seem to have lost the SPG cover, government sources suggest there’s a long list of violation that may have also played a part in this decision of the Modi government.

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Pawar, Thackeray, Raut in midnight rendezvous

After emerging from the meeting none spoke but Thackeray smiled and Raut gave the ‘thumbs up’ sign, indicating all was on the right track.

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Sharad Pawar and Uddhav Thackeray

Mumbai, Nov 22 : Inching towards forming the Maharashtra government, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) President Sharad Pawar had a midnight rendezvous meeting with Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray, here.

Thackeray was accompanied by his son Aditya and party MP Sanjay Raut, at Pawar’s residence where his daughter Supriya Sule and nephew Ajit Pawar were present.

After emerging from the meeting none spoke but Thackeray smiled and Raut gave the ‘thumbs up’ sign, indicating all was on the right track.

Though details are not available, it is learnt that Pawar briefed them on all the Political development in New Delhi in the past five days, the power-sharing formula, the post of CM, Dy. CM, ministries, etc, among the three prospective partners – Sena-NCP-Congress.

Later, on Friday a series of meetings have been lined up here of the Shiv Sena, Congress, later Congress-NCP and their allies and finally among the top leaders of Sena-NCP-Congress.

It’s expected that the three parties alliance – likely to be christened ‘Maha Vikas Aghadi’, will be formally announced and they would soon stake the claim to form the government before Governor B. S. Koshyari.

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Sena floats new names for CM but NCP insists on Uddhav

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New Delhi, Nov 21 : After Shiv Sena youth leader Aditya Thackeray’s name did not find any takers for the Chief Minister’s post, the party proposed the names of Subhash Desai and Eknath Shinde but the NCP has rejected them and insisted that Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray takes over the top post, sources said.

A source told IANS that they wanted a person with face value which can pay dividend in political arena apart from Maharashtra and also Uddhav Thackeray stood for Marathi pride to take on the might of Delhi, i.e. the Central government.

The contours of the power-sharing agreement has been discussed with the Sena and the Nationalist Congress Party getting 15 each berths apart from CM’s post to the Sena while Congress will get 12 ministers.

For the Speaker’s post, the Nationalist Congress Party is not willing it to give to Congress but the Congress wants it for former CM Prithviraj Chavan.

The NCP has argued that that they don’t want any Speaker who has to seek permission from his party high command.

The NCP is averse to the post being given to Congress, pointing out that in former governments, the post has been with it only.

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Speculation over Muralitharan becoming Lanka Governor

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Colombo, Nov 21 (IANS) Muttiah Muralitharan, the famous Sri Lanka off-spinner of yesteryear, is tipped as a governor of Northern Province following the presidential elections that gave a clear majority to Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a former defence minister of the island nation who in his term defeated Tamil militants headed by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, media reports here said, citing anger in the Tamil minority community.

Murli, who scalped 800 Test wickets, is actually an Indian Tamil from Kandy. The 47-year-old had earlier thrown his weight behind Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who was on Monday sworn in as the Sri Lankan president a day after he was declared the winner in the closely fought election.

According to reports, Murali will likley join Rajapaksa presidency as the governor of the Northern province, which has a huge majority of Sri Lankan Tamils.

While no official confirmation is out so far, local Tamils are believed to oppose Murali’s appointement as the former cricketer had backed Gotabaya when he was the Defence Secretary between 2005 and 2015 and was accused of war crimes.

The Tamils, both from India and Sri Lanka, had raised their voice for his arrest and prosecution. However, Sri Lankan government had then rejected the demand for his arrest.

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