Major security rejig: Gandhis stripped of SPG cover, to get Z+ security

Recently, the intelligence agencies had recommended stripping of ‘special powers’ to Congress first family, after assessing the threat perception.

Written by November 8, 2019 15:45

New Delhi: In a major setback for the Gandhis, the Special Protection Group (SPG) cover has been withdrawn from them, said TV reports citing sources.

The massive security rejig comes after Modi government’s clearance to withdrawal of SPG cover to Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi.

Sonia, Rahul, Priyanka Gandhi

The decision was taken by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) after reviewing the security cover of the three Congress leaders.

Recently, the intelligence agencies had recommended stripping of ‘special powers’ to Congress first family, after assessing the threat perception.

The government has now decided to accord them Z+ security. CRPF personnel will now guard the members of Gandhi family.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be the only person who will be under the SPG protection.

In August, the Modi government had withdrawn SPG cover of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s security cover.

Till now, the SPG provided protection to 3 members of Gandhi family – Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi and daughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

Amid the massive security overhaul, an ET reporter posted on Twitter about the frequent flouting of protocol and security guidelines by the three Gandhis.

tweet about SPGs

About Special Protection Group (SPG)

Manmohan - SPG security

The SPG was set up in 1985 after the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, and Parliament passed the SPG Act in 1988 dedicating the group to protecting the Prime Minister of India. In 1989, VP Singh government had withdrawn the SPG protection given to the outgoing PM Rajiv Gandhi.