- The Congress has opposed this decision of the Central Government
- Recently, they lifted SPG security of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
The central government has withdrawn SPG protection from the Gandhi family (Sonia, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra). Now the CRPF commandos will give them Z-plus security. A senior government official said on Friday. They decided after reviewing the security at a high-level meeting of the Home Ministry. Congress has opposed this decision. Congress leader Salman Khurshid called the government’s decision unfortunate.
Devendra Fadnavis: I again want to make it clear that it was never decided that for 2.5 years each the CM post will be shared. There was never a decision on this issue. Even Amit Shah ji and Nitin Gadkari ji said this was never decided pic.twitter.com/h0tIPdgvZq
— ANI (@ANI) November 8, 2019
Recently, the government also removed the SPG security of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be the only person in the country who will be in the SPG security circle.
SPG Act amended after Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination
They formed the SPG after the assassination of Indira Gandhi in 1985. In 1988, Parliament passed a law related to this. They did not consider the former Prime Minister eligible for this protection in the said law. In 1989, the VP Singh government withdrew SPG protection of Rajiv Gandhi on this basis. They assassinated Rajiv Gandhi in 1991. Subsequently, they amended the SPG Act. The amended law provided that the former PM and his family members would get SPG cover up to 10 years after he stepped down from the post of Prime Minister.
SPG Act: last amendment in 2003
The Vajpayee government reviewed SPG security. They lifted the SPG security of three former Prime Minister Narasimha Rao, HD Deve Gowda, and IK Gujral. This law was amended again in 2003, it is still in force. According to this, the former Prime Minister will get SPG Security cover only one year after leaving the post.