'No Security Abroad, What's He Hiding': Rajnath Singh's Jab At Rahul Gandhi

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 8, 2017

Union home minister Rajnath Singh today questioned what Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi "has to hide" for which he goes overseas without his securitymen, triggering a storm of protest from opposition leaders, some of whom accused the government of "spying".

Coming to the support of the Congress, Sudip Bandhopadhyay of the TMC said the House should condemn the attack on Rahul, calling it condemnable and disgraceful.

He was responding to allegations by Congress members that Gandhi could have been killed in Gujarat where stones were pelted on his auto last week. "Congress leadership blamed the BJP for the attack while the saffron party termed it a political stunt" ahead of the assembly elections in the state.

Speaking further, the minister said that Rahul Gandhi regularly broke the security protocols which was in fact not something new in his case.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh alleged Rahul had violated security protocol.

The Union minister said that adequate provisions were made for Gandhi's visit but that the Congress vice president did not listen to the area police or to the Special Protection Group personnel. He added, "In the last two years, Rahul Gandhi was out for 72 days on 6 foreign tours, but didn't take SPG cover".

On August 5, Rahul Gandhi faced hostile black-flag waving crowds shouting slogans in favour of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his tour of flood hit Dhanera town in Gujarat's Banaskantha district, forcing him to beat a retreat. Singh said it is not only a violation of SPG Act but being negligent to safety issues as well. "The SPG and the state police asked him to stay in a bullet proof vehicle, but Congress vice president did not pay heed to the security instructions", added Rajnath.

Kharge said the government was saying terrorists were throwing stones in Kashmir and asked: "which terrorist threw stones in Gujarat". "Are the BJP workers of Gujarat trying to become terrorists and take his life?" he said. The din forced Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to adjourn Lok Sabha for half an hour at 11.30 am.

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