The Assam Congress on November 11th, 2019, dashed off a letter to the President of India Ram Nath Kovind over withdrawal of Special Protection Group (SPG) security from the Gandhi family by saying it a “political vendetta”.
Urging the President’s intervention into the matter, the state Congress president Ripun Bora said, “We vehemently oppose the centre’s decision to remove the SPG security from party president Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi. It is nothing but political vendetta and cruelty of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah. Hence, we urge your intervention into the matter.”
Bora said, “Former PM Indira Gandhi was brutally killed during her office tenure by the security guard. Thereafter, the Government of India decided for SPG security coverage for the PM of India and accordingly SPG security coverage was provided to Rajiv Gandhi ji. But, while Rajiv Gandhi was not in the office of Prime Minister during 1990, the then PM VP Singh suddenly withdrew the SPG security coverage of Rajiv ji. As a result, he was also killed by extremist by using the human bomb in the year 1991. Now, the SPG security has been withdrawn from the Gandhi family without any reason.”
“Will the PM Modi and Union Home Minster explain the country on what basis they have withdrawn the SPG security coverage from the Gandhi family?” Bora questioned. The state Congress chief dashed off a letter to the President of India Ram Nath Kovind urging his intervention into the matter.
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