New Delhi, November 8: Hours after the Centre downgraded the security of Gandhi family, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday thanked members of Special Protection Group (SPG) for protecting his family over the years. Gandhi took to Twitter to expresses his gratitude towards the SPG commandos who were deployed in the security of the Gandhis. In his tweet, he also wished the SPG members for their future. After Rahul Gandhi Left For Cambodia, Government Makes It Mandatory For VVIPs to Travel Abroad With SPG Cover.
The scion of Gandhi family tweeted, “A big thank you to all my brothers and sisters in the SPG who worked tirelessly to protect me and my family over the years. Thank you for your dedication, your constant support and for a journey filled with affection & learning. It has been a privilege. All the best for a great future.”
Rahul Gandhi's Tweet:
A big thank you to all my brothers & sisters in the SPG who worked tirelessly to protect me & my family over the years. Thank you for your dedication, your constant support & for a journey filled with affection & learning. It has been a privilege. All the best for a great future.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) November 8, 2019
Earlier in the day, the Home Ministry decided to withdraw SPG cover of Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her children Rahul and Priyanka. The decision to downgrade the security of the Gandhi family was taken after assessing threat inputs from all the security agencies. The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) commandoes will now provide “Z plus” security to the Gandhi’s.
Immediately after the reports of the Centre withdrawing the SPG cover of the Gandhi family surfaced, Congress workers staged a protest outside the house of Union Home Minister Amit Shah at Akbar Road in New Delhi. The party cadres raised slogans against the Narendra Modi government. The Congress leadership had also condemned the decision.
In September this year also, the Centre removed SPG from the security of Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. He was also provided “Z Plus” security by CRPF commandos.