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Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Rajnath Singh's jab at Rahul Gandhi

Rajnath Singh's jab at Rahul Gandhi

The home minister said Gandhi had undertaken 121 domestic tours over the last two years, and that he breached security protocol on 100 occasions by not using a BR auto.

Further, Tharoor opined that Rahul was being unnecessarily blamed for the attack on his convoy, rather than looking back at all the security arrangements that were made. Taking the floor after Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge accused the BJP of following the politics of violence, Singh said Gandhi was out for 72 days on six foreign tours and he did not take the Special Protection Group cover. He said going overseas without taking SPG cover was not only a violation of the SPG Act but also negligence towards one's own security. Even Gujarat's Deputy CM Nitin Patel had said that Rahul was "offered a bullet-proof auto by the state government" but he chose to travel by a "normal vehicle". The Home Minister said Rahul used to inform the SPG at the eleventh hour about his foreign tours, creating problems for the agency to provide proper security.

"Police had provided all the security, but he (Rahul Gandhi) was repeatedly stopping the auto, even at some sensitive places".

Hitting out at Kharge for stating that Rahul could have been killed, the Home Minister said he should not blame the government when the Congress Vice-President himself is flouting the security protocols. "He has not kept the SPG cover in these 72 days", Singh said amidst shouting by Congress MPs. "What does he want to hide by not taking the SPG along, the nation and the House would like to know", Singh said turning the tables on the Congress. "Going overseas without taking SPG cover is not only a violation of the SPG Act, but also negligence towards one's own security", Singh added.

Singh also raised questions on Gandhi's foreign visits without any security. "A large number of security personnel were deployed on the day, but Rahul did not sit in the vehicle provided by the police", alleged Rajnath. "Gujarat mein kaunse terrorist aaye, kya J&K se aaye, kya BJP ke karyakarta terrorist ban ke inki (R Gandhi) jaan lena chaahte thay".

Rahul's convoy was attacked on Friday when he was on his way to the helipad after visiting the flood-hit areas in Gujarat's Dhanera.

Singh said black flags were shown to Gandhi at his rally.

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