Priyanka Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi

The Tripura Congress has slammed the BJP government in the Centre for withdrawing the SPG security cover of the Gandhi family.

The party dubbed the Centre’s move as vendetta politics.

“This is simply vindictive and vendetta politics. There is no acceptable reason to remove the SPG (Special Protection Group) protection from Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Lok Sabha member Rahul Gandhi and party General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra,” Tripura PCC president Pijush Kanti Biswas said.

Biswas said the SPG cover was withdrawn from the three top Congress leaders to prevent their free movement across the country and to restrict their campaign against the misgovernance of the government at the Centre.

He said considering Rajiv Gandhi and Indira Gandhi’s assassination, the grant of SPG cover to the Gandhi family was not a political favour but a vital and basic necessity.

Following a review involving the Cabinet Secretariat and the Union home ministry with inputs from various intelligence agencies, the SPG cover given to the Gandhis, including Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi, has been withdrawn.

They will now get ‘Z plus’ security provided by the CRPF.

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