Government’s decision to withdraw SPG cover for Gandhis is mad: Chidambaram

Prime News, National (New Delhi), November 9:- Former finance minister P Chidambaram had a piece of prophetic advice for the government after it revoked SPG protection for the Gandhi family. Chidambaram, who is currently lodged in Tihar Jail, asked his family to tweet on his behalf.

An enraged Chidambaram termed the government’s decision to withdraw SPG cover for Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, son Rahul Gandhi and daughter Priyanka Gandhi a “mad decision”.

“The government’s decision to withdraw SPG protection for the Gandhis is an outrageous and mad decision,” Chidambaram tweeted.

The Congress has alleged that the government was endangering the lives of Sonia, Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi by withdrawing their SPG cover and the decision showed the BJP leadership was “blinded by personal hatred and political vendetta”.

Lashing out, the opposition party reminded the Modi government that a similar mistake was committed in case of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, who was assassinated, and that it was Atal Bihari Vajpayee who amended the law to give SPG security to Gandhi family members.

The SPG cover for Rahul Gandhi was withdrawn and the CRPF took over the security at his residence 12, Tughlaq Lane. Top CRPF officials had also reached Sonia Gandhi’s residence at 10, Janpath, and were working out modalities for replacing SPG.

“A big thank you to all my brothers and sisters in the SPG who worked tirelessly to protect me and my family over the years. Thank you for your dedication, your constant support and for a journey filled with affection and learning. It has been a privilege. All the best for a great future,” Rahul Gandhi said on Twitter.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah are blinded by personal revenge and political vendetta. This is proven by the unceremonious removal of SPG cover of Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi,” said AICC general secretary KC Venugopal.

Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot said, “They have resorted to very low-level politics. SPG cover was given under the Act of Parliament. It is for protecting the lives, what other gain is there from it? The kind of politics they are doing shows their mental bankruptcy”.

Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala alleged that Prime Minister Modi is blinded by personal hatred and political vendetta and that is the reason for the withdrawal of the SPG cover.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said it is “politically motivated” and highly condemnable. “Keeping in view the current prevailing security scenario, the security cover is a necessity, not a political favour. The decision should be revoked,” he said. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).


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