SPG cover: Congress says politicians’ safety should be beyond politics

Sonia and Rahul Gandhi

Nov 20 : The Congress raised the withdrawal of SPG security cover for Gandhi family on the third day of winter session of Parliament on Wednesday.

During today’s Parliament proceedings, Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma said that the withdrawal of SPG cover has made Gandhis vulnerable and asked the government to reconsider its decision.

“All four have been vulnerable to threats. Withdrawal of SPG cover makes them vulnerable. It is the responsibility of the state to protect its leaders. When UPA was in office, the security cover of Dr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee was not disturbed. We urge the government that issues of personal safety and lives of politicians have to be beyond the partisan political considerations,” he said.

The Congress party had yesterday protested against Centre’s decision to withdraw the Special Protection Group (SPG) security cover of Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi, her son Rahul and daughter Priyanka in the Parliament.

Gandhi family and former prime minister Manmohan Singh were stripped of the elite SPG security cover earlier this month, 28 years after the force’s continuous deployment. The SPG cover was replaced by the ‘Z-plus’ security of the CRPF.

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