Congress Minister question Union government reason for the termination of SPG cover to Gandhi’s
NEW DELHI| On Tuesday Congress Leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury raised the issue of withdrawal of Special Protection Group security cover to the Gandhi family in Parliament. Which created a stir in Sabha, but his issue was also refused by the government stating he cannot raise the matter in Zero Hour as he had not given a notice for the same.
The issue was also supported by DMK ministers in support of the Congress ministers. DMK minister TR Baalu said removing the SPG cover from the Gandhis has put their lives under threat. Chowdhury said the family faces threat to life and the cover by the elite security organisation should not have been withdrawn.
The Congress party after the house adjourn gave notice on the withdrawal of SPG cover to Gandhi’s face a backlash as the notice was turndown by the Speaker Om Birla, Chowdhury as the issue raised in the Zero Hour.
The Congress leader said the previous National Democratic Alliance government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee also did not remove the SPG cover of the Gandhis. He wondered what is the conspiracy of the government in removing the SPG cover.
The previous government NDA led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee did not terminate the SPG cover of the Gandhi family. Congress Leader Adhir question why the newly form government is doing this conspiracy of removing the cover.
Over the discussion, both the DMK and Congress members left the House. Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Arjun Ram Meghwal said Chowdhury cannot raise the issue in the Zero Hour as he has not served the House with Notice as well. “You have rejected the notice for adjournment on the issue. He did not give notice to raise the issue in Zero Hour,” the minister told the Chair. He had raised the issue on Monday also.
The move to scrap the SPG Cover to Gandhi’s is “arbitrary” the notice read. The notice further read as the cover was scraped ignoring the “Existing and Probable threats” to the Gandhi family.
The government placed the SPG security to Gandhi family after the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, by LTTE terrorists on May 21, 1991. Now they are degraded to ‘Z- plus’ security of the CRPF by the government early this month.