Priyanka trying to score brownie point, security does not depend on ‘whims and fancies’: Centre on Robert Vadra

Rijiju asked why she was trying score a "brownie point" as security does not depend on "someone's whims and fancies".

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: June 3, 2014 8:36 am
Priyanka said Vadra's inclusion in the list was made at the instance of previous SPG chiefs and Delhi Police and not upon any request by "either of us who were informed after the fact". Priyanka said Vadra’s inclusion in the list was made at the instance of previous SPG chiefs and Delhi Police and not upon any request by “either of us who were informed after the fact”.

In the wake of Priyanka Gandhi asking the SPG to withdraw exemptions given to her family from security checks, Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju Monday asked why she was trying score a “brownie point” as security does not depend on “someone’s whims and fancies”.

“One should not politicise security issues. I have failed to understand why someone is trying to score a political brownie point. Security does not depend on whims and fancies of any individual,” Rijiju told reporters without naming Priyanka.

He was responding to a question on Priyanka’s letter to SPG chief where she asked the organisation to withdraw the exemption given to her and her family from normal security checks at airports, a plea that comes in the wake of reports that government is considering cancellation of such a facility to her husband Robert Vadra.

“It is better to leave to the security agencies to take a decision,” Rijiju said.

In a letter to the SPG chief Durga Prasad, Priyanka referred to media reports of possible removal of her husband’s name from the list of security protectees exempt from security checks at airports and said she would appreciate if it is done at the earliest.

Priyanka said Vadra’s inclusion in the list was made at the instance of previous SPG chiefs and Delhi Police and not upon any request by “either of us who were informed after the fact”.

Vadra was under repeated attack from Narendra Modi and other BJP leaders during the recent election campaign besides the barbs targeting Priyanka, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.

“Since the government is now reportedly considering the removal of his name, I would like to inform you that I do not feel it will be correct for my children and me to avail the facility of exemption of these checks while entering or exiting airports when we are all travelling together.

“It is only right for us to go through the normal channel at airports and be frisked etc. as per normal procedure at such times as you will appreciate that it makes no sense for a family travelling together to fall under different categories of exemption,” Priyanka had said.

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    amit
    Jun 2, 2014 at 4:04 pm
    Why now after availing the undue benefit for 10 years.When the dynasty has been booted out.
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    Kannada First
    Jun 2, 2014 at 1:50 pm
    Mrs.Vadra don't pose like you sacrificed something extraordinary & say your husband has been a martyr during the next Election. BTW, I am sure, now you know who Smriti Irani is...
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    Kannada First
    Jun 2, 2014 at 2:15 pm
    Mrs.Vadra don't pose like you sacrificed something extraordinary & say your husband has been a martyr during the next Election. BTW, I am sure, now you know who Smriti Irani is...
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    Anand Babu
    Jun 2, 2014 at 11:39 pm
    We are sick of her. Normal security under UPA was so bad?
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    Indian
    Jun 2, 2014 at 1:17 pm
    why these corrupt people need special treatment than common public , Remove every one from the list , It is waste of Tax money
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    Krish Menon
    Jun 2, 2014 at 3:19 pm
    'as a citizen of the country who is paying for the so called security - i would like the minister and the head of SPG to please inform the following:- 1. what is the security threat level of the progenies of rahul and sonia hi? 2. from whom is the threat originating? and please do not insult the citizens intelligence by stating that it is a matter of security - so we cannot inform you. 3. is the threat from the LTTE? if so dont you know that srilankan troops have decimated the LTTE completely? or do you think the tamil parties in india are a threat to them? please be kind enough to inform. 4. if the threat is from the radicals in punjab - khalistan for example, please inform if the threat is from the local radicals [if there are any] or the foreign radicals? please note that the days of giving 'Z' and 'Z ' security on the whims and fancies of the SPG can be questioned in the SC. you cannot throw away tax payers money for such lousy reasons. this money can be well used for other deserving purposes for the downtrodden in our country
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    Chanakya
    Jun 7, 2014 at 5:10 pm
    I am glad to hear that SPG cover is not decided at "whims and fancies" of a person. For some time I was worried that SPG cover given to hi family will be removed at the "whim and fancy" of Modiji just because he does not like them!
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    Chanakya
    Jun 2, 2014 at 3:33 pm
    It is not Priyanka who is politicizing the issue but it is the new BJP Government who has problems with Robert Vadra getting SPG cover. What Priyanka suggested is quite simple: everyone in her family should be treated in a similar manner. I would want the same for my family; I would not like if my spouse has to be patted down at the airport as my kids and I are able to breeze through the security. If SPG really thinks the special security to be necessary for Priyanka and her family then they will tell her so. I don't see anything about scoring brownie points here.
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